March 3rd: International Sexworker Rights DayVeröffentlicht: 3. März 2012
„The Red Umbrella was first used as a symbol for sex worker solidarity at the 49th Venice Biennale of Art in Italy in 2001. Italian sex workers marched through the streets of Venice with red umbrellas as part of the “Prostitute Pavilion” and CODE:RED art installation by Slovenian artist Tadej Pogacar. The red umbrella march drew attention to the bad work conditions and human rights abuses sex workers faced. Four years later the red umbrella was adopted by the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) where it became the emblem for resistance to discrimination. Since then the red umbrella has become the international icon for sex worker’s rights around the world. It symbolises protection from the abuse and intolerance faced by sex workers everywhere but it is also a symbol of their strength.
March 3rd marks the annual International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. The day was founded in 2001 by the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), a sex worker collective in India. Over 25,000 (Ariane note: nowadays its 65.000 of members based in just one state called Durbar, not of India at a whole) sex workers gathered for that inaugural festival, and since then, participation the day is observed globally by sex workers and those showing solidarity to them. For information about my research project into human rights abuses against sex workers in South Korea, please go to Research Project Korea. You can also follow the project via Facebook and Twitter.“