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Business News/ News / India/  International Sex Workers' Day: A date of hope amid struggles

International Sex Workers' Day is observed on 2 June every year across the world. This day is celebrated not only highlight the rampant exploitation of sex workers, their worst working and terrible conditions they living in but also to raise awareness of the rights of the sex workers and to combat stigma and discrimination.

Since 1976 this day has been commemorated to show respect for the most abused, victimised and valuable section of the society.

International Sex Workers' Day 2023: History

On 2 June, 1975 approximately 100 sex workers gathered at Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger and frustration over the criminalised and exploitative conditions they were living in.

To convey their message they hung a banner from the steeple, which read 'Our children don't want their mothers to go to jail,'. They were demanding an end to police harassment, reopening of hotels for their work, and proper investigation into the murders if sex workers. They also launched a media campaign to voice their grievances.

International Sex Workers' Day 2023: Theme

The theme of International Sex Workers Day 2023 is "Access to Justice". The theme remains constant every year. The theme aims to ensure that we collectively work towards demanding rights and justice for all sex workers.

International Sex Workers' Day 2023: Significanc

International Sex Workers' Day is significant because it provides an opportunity to promote social justice, to challenge stereotypes and prejudices and to protect human rights of sex workers worldwide. The objective is to keep them safe and healthy, and end discrimination, exploitation, and poverty that are part of their daily life.

International Sx-Workers Day 2023: Message and Quotes 

People do not comprehend the compulsion that drives the work of prostitutes in quest of shelter and sustenance the sex workers discard their dignity. They deserve to be rescued from exploitation and elevated. 

When you hear about a sex worker in public do not lower your heads; they deserve equality and have the right to travel freely

Those escorting the sex workers are individuals from our own population. Why should only sex workers be exploited when everyone deserves to be treated with dignity 

Prostitutes work for pay but not for mistreatment and exploitation. They do not request favors; rather they demand an end to exploitatio

No human being merits mistreatment or exploitation. International Whore’s Day is a day to speak out against the exploitation of sex workers.

As human beings it is our responsibility to speak out against injustice and advocate for the women who struggle every day to survive 

“Some would say a whore doesn’t have any expectation of heaven I’d say if she gives value for cash she’s got a better shot at God’s blessing than your average banker" Elizabeth Bear 

“He said ‘They’re only whores’ as though their very availability rendered them worthless" Ellen Kushner 

“People should realize women just aren’t whores or virgins I want to see women who are real human beings" Kate Beckinsale 







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Updated: 02 Jun 2023, 04:13 AM IST
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