Out from Under: Sex Workers United for Rights and Respect

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Liz van Omme - Mama Cash

Out from Under

Sex Workers United for Rights and Respect


How much do you know about sex workers and their decades-long fight for their human rights?


To help you learn more, the international women’s rights fund, Mama Cash, has just launched Out from Under - Sex Workers United for Rights and Respect


Out from Under is an online exhibit showcasing audio, video, photographs, stories, and analysis from sex workers’ rights organisations and their allies around the world. It begins with the earliest efforts of U.S.-based and European sex workers to organise and includes a fascinating peek into events in June of 1975 when 150 protesting sex workers took over the largest church in Lyon, France.


Sex workers are among the most severely stigmatised group of people, as workers and as human beings. The victories they have won are simply astonishing. In China, where sex work is illegal, sex workers are training their communities about human rights. They are sitting down at the table with government leaders to stop police brutality in Peru. They are implementing sex-worker led changes to occupational health and safety standards in Thailand.


The chance to hear directly from courageous sex worker activists living in places such as China, Peru, and Thailand us what makes this exhibit so powerful. As one sex worker from Peru puts it: ‘It is like we are in a jungle. . . the key is to keep fighting and be very consistent. There is no other way’.


Out from Under is being launched on December 17th to coincide with the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.




Mama Cash is an international fund based in Amsterdam that supports the human rights movements of women, girls, and trans people.


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