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Sexwork declared a Human Rights Issue - FOR sexworkers!
03-15-2011, 02:36 AM
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Sexwork declared a Human Rights Issue - FOR sexworkers!
Sexwork declared a Human Rights Issue - FOR sexworkers!

Report of the United States of America
Submitted to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
In Conjunction with the Universal Periodic Review
Response to the U.N. Human Rights Council Working Group Report
http://www.state.gov/g/drl/upr/157986.htm
The US agrees that “…no one should face violence or discrimination in access to public services based on sexual orientation or their status as a person in prostitution.”

A VICTORY FOR
SEXUAL FREEDOM AS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT
Woodhull is pleased to announce that, for the first time ever, the U.S. Federal Government has officially condemned violence and discrimination against sex workers!

We were part of an unprecedented advocacy collaboration between sex worker and sex workers rights groups, human rights advocates, academic researchers and family members of sex workers who came together in an unprecedented advocacy collaboration, now known as "Human Rights For All: Concerned Advocates for the Rights of Sex Workers and People in the Sex Trade" (HRA).

HRA urged the U.S. State Department and other policy makers to accept Recommendation 86, part of the report of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which called on the US to look into the special vulnerability of sex workers to violence and human rights abuses.

Yesterday the U.S. fully accepted UPR recommendation #86, and in doing so made history. In the report released to the United Nations, the U.S. states "We agree that no one should face violence or discrimination in access to public services based on sexual orientation or their status as a person in prostitution, as recommendation [#86] suggests".

"As the first organization to ever get the issue of sexual freedom as a fundamental human right "on the table" at the United Nations meeting in Geneva earlier this year, we are especially happy to note that the Obama administration is taking human rights abuses against sex workers seriously, and is willing to stand up for what is right.", said Woodhull's Human Rights Program Director, RJ Thompson.

Sex Worker Rights ARE Human Rights, and Woodhull is proud to be part of this historic effort and will continue to work with this coalition to take ensure that steps are taken to actually improve the daily lives of sex workers.

Woodhull's mission and vision is of a world where sexual freedom matters, and this is one concrete example of how that happens!

Woodhull Freedom Foundation is concerned about consensual sex work because it represents the intersection of two fundamental human rights concerns: the right to earn an income, and the right to personal autonomy, the control of one’s body.

While many organizations conflate human trafficking with sex work, Woodhull Freedom Foundation is careful to conceptually separate the two and advocates for decriminalization of consensual sex work. We staunchly oppose coercion and exploitation in labor and migration but find that current draconian efforts to stigmatize and prosecute sex workers put them in harm’s way with unintended negative consequences. We fully support the right of individuals to earn an income and to define the kinds of sexual expression in which they would like to engage. We believe in more effective solutions to problems associated with sex work, solutions that affirm human dignity and freedom.

Founded on honor of Victoria Woodhull a Presidential Candidate Fighting for Sexual Freedoms
Victorian Woodhull ran for U.S. President in 1872 during the Victorian era. Today we need another Victoria Woodhull - at least the Woodhull Foundation continues today fighting for consenting adult sexual freedoms including decriminalizing of prostitution.

Of course, Victoria’s time was a much more difficult one for women, who then had almost no rights to property or person. If a married woman worked, her wages were given directly to her husband. She could not dispose of her property upon death. If she divorced, she automatically forfeited custody of her children. Women could not enter universities, law schools or medical schools. They could not serve on juries, and they could not vote.

Most significantly, women had no control over their own bodies: There were no laws to protect them from physical abuse at the hands of their husbands or fathers, although some states stipulated the size of the objects that might be used to inflict discipline. They had no right to deny their husbands sexual access. The professions open to women were few: domestic drudgery, factory work, teaching, prostitution and, for the exceptional few, writing.

Men were allowed all means of sexual license, but a woman who committed adultery was subject to a jail sentence. In 1868, from the lecture platform, Victoria Woodhull boldly instructed women to demand a single sexual standard and not to accept the view that sexual desire in females was vulgar.

Dave notes Woodhull Foundation supported the fight against the law that made swing clubs illegal in Phoenix. Being on the Committee of Club C in their legal battle I was in meetings when Woodhull came to Phoenix and they were represented in the meeting in Chicago of 1st Amendment attorneys I attended following the famous Lawrence vs Texas Supreme Court decision which ruled morality could not be a basis of laws and laws had no business in private bedrooms of consenting adults.

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