Stories of Love and Passion – January 22nd
Join us Dec. 17 at the BC legislature for the Red Umbrella March to Victoria City Hall. Join sex workers and their allies in a march to say violence against sex workers must stop now!
December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, also known as the Red Umbrella Day. On this day, we are calling for an end to laws and unjust policing that prevent sex workers from reporting violence. These laws intersect with sexism, racism, ableism, and classism to perpetuate social stigma and create a cultural environment in which the violence perpetrated upon sex workers is seen as different from the violence perpetuated against others. Together, we will stand for autonomy, dignity, and the freedom to work in safety with equal access to justice.
The event is being co-organized by Peers Victoria Resource Society and the UVSS Women’s Centre, and will start at 5:30 PM at the Victoria Legislature. We’ll march to City Hall, where food, speakers and entertainment will await. We’ll have a limited number of $10 toques and $20 t-shirts on sale during the event – big thanks to Annie Morgan for the linocut design on the shirts, and Karolina Tokarski and Sarah Hunt for setting up the graphics.
In just the last few years over 140 sex workers have been murdered and/or disappeared. The Victoria Police department report that violence against sex workers has gone up by 56% in the last three years. It is urgent that sex workers have access to safe working conditions, legal recourse, health services, and “all human rights and civil liberties” (World Charter for Prostitutes’ Rights).
At this vibrant event, we will both honour the lives lost and celebrate our vital movement. The red umbrella is an international symbol of sex workers rights; please WEAR RED and bring your red umbrella to the rally and be a part of the movement!
For more information about Red Umbrella Day and how you can support sex workers’ rights, visit:
Peers Victoria Resource Society
1-744 Fairview Road, Victoria, BC V9A 5T9
General Contact: 1 (250) 388-5325
Registered Canadian Charity: 88890 9199 RR0001