Video screening: NYC, July 23, Sex worker advocates in Macedonia

From our friends at Witness:

WITNESS and partner organization, HOPS, will be screening their new documentary on sex workers’ rights in Macedonia, on July 23 at Bluestockings Bookstore. Following the screening, WITNESS partner representative, Marija Tosheva will take part in a discussion on the role of the film in advocating for more just treatment for sex workers in Macedonia and Eastern Europe, and internationally as well.

Marija Tosheva is Program Director of Healthy Options Project Skopje (HOPS), a Macedonian NGO which since 1996 has run outreach and advocacy programs with sex workers and drug users, promoting safer behavior and enabling access to legal, health and social services, as well as resocialization and reintegration of sex workers, drug users, and their families. She is in New York for the summer editing the video with WITNESS.

DATE: July 23, 2009

TIME: 7:00 PM

PRICE: FREE

LOCATION: Bluestockings Bookstore, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

2 Responses

  1. What is the name of the documentary? Can I order a copy somewhere?

  2. The video will have an official premiere at the SWAN (Central/Eastern European sex worker network) meeting in September in Macedonia, but should be available as a free download from Witness’ website, The Hub, before then. I’ll post when it’s up.

    My report from the event: HOPS, the Macedonian organisation that began in harm reduction and has expanded to include sex worker led advocacy, is going to launch a campaign with this video for December 17th/Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We should consider how to support them spreading the message about forced testing of sex workers and other rights’ violations. I’ll post details as they come.

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