Monday Dec 19, 2016
Streets of Shame
A lonely place to die
he Providing Alternatives, Counselling & Education (PACE) Society is hosting a public education event on Saturday, December 17th, from 1 – 4pm to recognize Int. Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.
They will be joined by leading figures in the sex workers rights movement, researchers, politicians and allies to breakdown the myths and misconceptions around sex work contributing to the unjust violence sex workers face. Speakers include: Jenny Kwan, NDP MP; Lorimer Shener, author of "That Lonely Section of Hell"; Jamie Lee Hamilton; Afrodykie Zoe; Kerry Porth and more. A red umbrella march through the Vancouver Downtown Eastside will follow the event.
"Stigma and isolation is a daily reality faced by sex workers, and stigma thrives in the presence of ignorance," says Brenna Bezanson, coordinator at PACE Society. "Only by coming together as a community, sharing our experience and educating each other, can we begin to dismantle the stigma experienced by sex workers on a daily basis."
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is observed annually on December 17 and was initially started in Seattle Washington in 2003 as a memorial for the over 50 women (a majority of whom were sex workers) were murdered by Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer. It has now since morphed into an internationally observed day of remembrance and action for sex workers.
"Canada’s sex work laws introduced bythe Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (PCEPA) is unconstitutional and should be repealed" says Laura Dilley, Executive Director of PACE Society. "As speakers at this event will outline, current laws undermine sex workers ability to work safely and increase violence."
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