Joint statements about sex work to UN Women
In response to UN Women´s call for submissions regarding UN Women´s policy on sex work, we worked on different statements.
Together with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) and its member organisations we wrote this submission.
Also: joint statement from women´s rights and sex worker rights organisations to UN Women (pdf, 155 KB).
Joining Forces against Human Trafficking: event on the 21st of October 2016
On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking in Austria organise the event in Vienna "Human Trafficking and its victims - new Developments". Flyer (pdf, 794 KB), Registration Form (word, 69 KB)
Also on the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day the La Strada Network calls upon all European governments to implement the 10 action points to ensure that trafficked persons can access their right to compensation and to remove the obstacles that prevent them from doing so: Justice at last (pdf, 2 MB)
Amnesty International: Sex Workers Rights are Human Rights
A crucial vote to protect the human rights of sex workers was passed in August 2015 in Dublin at Amnesty International’s decision-making forum, the International Council Meeting (ICM). Delegates from around the world authorized the International Board to develop and adopt a policy on the issue.
“Sex workers are one of the most marginalized groups in the world who in most instances face constant risk of discrimination, violence and abuse. Our global movement paved the way for adopting a policy for the protection of the human rights of sex workers which will help shape Amnesty International’s future work on this important issue,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International. More Information about the ai-resolution
NSWP welcomes Amnesty International´s Policy on State Obligations to Respect, Protect, and Fulfill the Human Rights of Sex Workers: NSWP Statement (pdf, 102 KB)
La Strada International welcomes Anmesty International´s policy on sex workers rigths and decriminalisation of sex work: LSI Statement (pdf, 121 KB)
Announcement for the briefing papers of the GAATW-study "Towards Greater Accountability: Monitoring and Evaluation of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives"
The goal of the study was to evaluate and monitor anti-trafficking initiatives from a survivor's perspective in Europe, Asia and Latin America. We'd like to inform you about the currently published briefing papers of the study, which reflect on ethics and principals in the research with survivors (pdf, 357 KB). Furthermore, the briefing papers describe the unmet needs (pdf, 419 KB) and the challenges for survivors in rebuilding their lives (pdf, 430 KB).
New issue of GAATW´s journal "Forced Labour and Human Trafficking"
The new issue of GAATW’s journal the Anti-Trafficking Review looks at ‘Forced Labour and Human Trafficking’.
In 2014, governments across the globe committed to combat forced labour through a new international agreement, the ILO Forced Labour Protocol. But are recent efforts enough? With case studies from diverse regions and countries this issue features a mix of academic articles, a new ‘policy and practice’ section, as well as short debate pieces which respond to the question: Should we distinguish between forced labour, trafficking and slavery? The Review and all articles are freely available online at www.antitraffickingreview.org.
Joining Forces against Human Trafficking: event on the 14th of October 2015
The Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking (TF-HT) was created by the Austrian government in November 2004. It is headed by the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (FMEIA) and responsible for coordinating and intensifying the measures taken by Austria in combating this crime. On the occasion of the EU Anti-Trafficking Day the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organise this event in Vienna. Information (pdf, 902 KB)
Response to Migration: Turn political crisis into opportunity
The Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM) and its member organisations urge EU leaders to establish safe and regular channels for migrants and refugees to come to Europe. Statement by PICUM (pdf, 282 KB)
The Decoration of Merit in Gold of the Province of Vienna was given to Maria Cristina Boidi
Maria Cristina Boidi, the coordinator and co-founder of LEFÖ, received the Decoration of Merit in Gold of the Province of Vienna on June 15th. We are pleased to receive this honor and recognition. The speech from city councilor Sandra Frauenberger and the speech from the Vice President of the European Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek deeply moved the audience. A standing ovation was given for Cristina, who through her life’s work has helped strengthen and encourage many women and migrants, for themselves as well as for achieving better living conditions. She also worked on obtaining fair Rights for Women and Migrants – here and now, locally, nationally and globally.
Dear Cristina, we thank you for your appearance and political message! We gladly will take your messages into our continuing LEFÖ-work. Your LEFÖ- women!
June 2, 2015: 40th Anniversary of International Sex Workers Day
The 40th year anniversary of the International Sex Workers Day is approaching. But sex workers are still lacking legal rights and facing discrimination. An event was held on June 2 2015, from 5:00-7:00pm at Urban-Loritz-Platz, Vienna 8.
Including: Info-Cafe, DJ-Line, Flashmob and more!
FRA report: Severe Labour Exploitation
On 2 June 2015, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) published the findings of its research into the criminal labour exploitation of workers moving within or migrating to the EU. The report shows that despite legislation banning the practice, labour exploitation is widespread in the EU.
The report suggests that EU Member States should take a zero tolerance attitude by measures such as sanctioning companies that exploit workers and considering a system of certification allowing consumers to identify products and services that have not involved any form of labour exploitation. More informations: www.fra.europa.eu,
FRA press release (pdf, 476 KB)
Network Language Rights (Netzwerk SprachenRechte): Children Rights Needed for all Children!
The freedom of speaking ones own native language should not be repressed! Bravery is needed to learn languages as well as the willingness to join together and support the use of different languages in this country. The network SprachenRechte fights for Children’s Rights.
Eduardo Galeano: In Memoriam
Eduardo Galeano died on April 13, 2015. He was a journalist, essayist and writer in Uruguay. In Memoriam of this distinguished author from Latin America we publish the video "Vivir sin Miedo", "Life without fear".
Manual "Empowerment through rigths awareness"
This comprehensive work from LEFÖ gives 96 pages of insight into the methods of INDOORS, a European project, and emphasizes the importance of low threshold access to equalization and to strengthen the rights and the self-determination of Sex Workers. Manual, pdf 2,71 MB
December 17- International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
The European project INDOORS - Empowerment and skill building tools for national and migrant female sex workers working in hidden places - is in support of the International Day against Violence on Sex Workers that took place on December 17.
The passing of equal Labor Rights for sex workers is a way to fight the stigmatization and violence against sex workers.
Start of the campaign “Used in Europe”
On the European Day Against Human Trafficking on October 18, the campaign “Used in Europe” was presented. Labor exploitation and human trafficking don’t only come out of the Sex Industry, but can also be found in industrial production and in the service sector. This also occurs in Europe.
With this campaign, the founders of La Strada International (European Network Against Trafficking in Human Beings) and their 28 partner organizations demand,
- That the European government strengthens the national and international regulations, which are effective, concrete and pre-emptive against human trafficking.
- That major commercial companies strengthen their labor rights in their supply chains.
- That consumers take a closer look at the production of the goods that they consume.
More informations: www.usedineurope.com
Press release, October 18, 2013
LEFÖ: Trafficking of women constitutes a violation of human and women rights! Press release (pdf, 134 KB)
Press release, October 18, 2013
OSCE: Victims of trafficking - Human beings with human rights that must be protected! Press release (pdf, 115 KB)
Hands off our clients!
The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe is proud to launch "Hands off our Clients!", an advocacy and acitivism tool-kit against the criminalisation of clients of sex workers. More information
Results of the COMP.ACT project
COMP.ACT is a project to improve access to justice and guarantee compensation for trafficked people. LEFÖ–IBF is member of this project and is part of the COMP.ACT EUROPE steering committee.
The different tools together make the COMP.ACT toolkit on Compensation for Trafficked Persons:
- A video about COMP.ACT
- A practical tool for lawyers, counselling centres and service providers: Guidance on representing trafficked persons in compensation claims (pdf, 1 MB)
- Findings and Results of the European Action for Compensation for Trafficked Persons / final report (pdf, 1 MB)
- Research template for collecting and analysing data on the access of trafficked persons to compensation (pdf,1 MB)
- Study "Possibilities to Obtain Compensation for Trafficked Persons in Austria" (Study, pdf, 508 KB)
Campaign Domestic Workers "12 in 12"
Various international organizations call for an action day on 12 December 2012 to raise awareness about a lack of legal security for domestic workers. Domestic workers deserve the same rights as all other workers! More information about the campaign
Our common vision: Human Trafficking should be eradicated
On the occation of the 6th EU Anti-Trafficking Day, La Strada International, togther with CCME, Terre Des Hommes, ECPAT, Anti Salvery International, KOK and LEFÖ present the Civil society Commentary on the EU strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings. Commentary (pdf, 163 KB)
A voice for a comprehensive and multi-sectoral approach
On the occation of the 6th session (15-19 October) of the Conference of the Parties the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women and the Vienna Alliance of NGOs welcome the opportunity to discuss the implementation of the UN convention against Transnational Organized Crime and its Protocols. Speech (pdf, 125 KB)
"Joining Forces against Human Trafficking", event on 5th of October 2012
On the occasion of the EU-Anti-Tafficking-Day the Task Force on Combating Human Trafficking organise this event. Socio-political actors, such as representatives of ministries, universities, human rights organizations and NGOs will discuss, among other things, different strategies and efforts to strengthen the rights of victims of Human Trafficking. In addition, the meeting offers a space for deeper examination. Programme and registration procedures (pdf, 785 KB)
The “Immorality” of sex work has been abolished!
At the International Sex Workers Day 2012, LEFÖ organized a public event at the Praterstern in Vienna to raise awareness for the precarious working situation of sex workers. With: Info-Café and Live performances from chra and irizzz norah noizzze.
Precisely at the International Sex Workes Day became to be known (although years too late!), that on the 18th of April 2012 a new precedent-setting sentence was rendered, and by that, a long-term claim of LEFÖ got fulfilled: according to a new sentence of the Supreme Court, sex work has been removed from the sphere of immorality! A very important step for better working conditions for sex workers!
Press release, 2012, March 22nd
Shocking sentence: Judge lets human traffickers off the hook (Press release, pdf, 140 KB)
17. December - The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers
LEFÖ condemns all forms of violence against sex workers and struggles with many other activists against trivializing these serious human rights violations.
Only Rights protect sex workers from violence!
Panel discussion on 27 October 2011: Stay and / or voluntary return? Questions for reintegration of victims of human trafficking
Human trafficking is a complex crime and a grave violation of human and women´s rights. Based on the newly published "Quality standards for risk assessment and the safe return and reintegration of trafficked persons" (created by LEFÖ) some experts discussed the issue. (Quality standards, pdf, 226 KB)
June 2 = International Whore's Day
Under the banner "workers’ rights rather than morality", LEFÖ seeks to raise awareness for the poor working conditions of sex workers on the occasion of the International Whore's Day.
Day of action: June 1, 2 – 6 p.m., at Urban-Loritz-Platz, 1070 Vienna.
Program: Info-café and live performances by chra, roz and Norah Noizzze.
Movie and debate on June 8, 2011, at Schickaneder Cinema
On the occasion of “Cinema Wednesday”, the Green education workshop Minorities (Grüne Bildungswerkstatt Minderheiten) invited to the movie “Fatal Promises” and an ensuing debate about trafficking in women. Among other speakers: Evelyn Probst from LEFÖ - IBF - Intervention Center for Trafficked Women.
Presentation of the study "Political.Education.Migrant Women"
Migration represents a challenge for civic education. Can civic education lead to more justice? How can education be discussed, if not everybody has the same access to education and vocational training? These and other questions were discussed by Rahel Baumgartner (Society for Political Education) and Assimina Gouma (critical migration studies) on June 6, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Vienna City Library, Urban-Loritz-Platz 2a, 1070 Vienna.
The study was conducted in the framework of the Objective 2 Network “Education Center for migrant women” (Ziel 2 Netzwerk "Lernzentren für Migrantinnen") (2008-2011) by the migrant women organizations LEFÖ, Pergrina and OrientExpress.
A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer
A performance consisting of a number of monologues, poems and other pieces revolving around issues of violence, especially sexual violence against women and girls can be seen on April 26 and 30 in Vienna. LEFÖ is one of the beneficiaries from donations made. (Invitation, pdf, 117 KB)
Out of the migration debate – Political education on the other side of fantasies and labelling
This year's LEFÖ-Education seminar, which took place from May 13-15, 2011 at bifeb (Strobl), was realized in cooperation with our network partners Peregrina and OrientExpress. We discussed this loud and at times exhausting debate which often lacks in substance and searched together for new strategies. How can we teach, advise and research without reinforcing the current discourses and thus become part of the current migration debate? What are our content and arguments? Do we possess the language necessary to contribute to a differentiated debate?
Indemnification for exploitation? Victims of trafficking in women and human beings and their possibilities of indemnification in Austria
On the occasion of the PUBLIC LECTURE, experts were asked to make a statement at this event. At the same time, the study "Possibilities of indemnification for victims of human trafficking in Austria", completed in spring 2011, was presented.
Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the Great Hall of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Workshop within the 16 Days against Gender Violence Campaign 2010
On 26 November 2010, a workshop for Latin American women took place in LEFÖ with the title: "Prevention, awareness and recognition of violence against women". More information at: email@example.com
A video project within the 16 Days against Gender Violence Campaign 2010
For the period from 25 Nov to 10th December 2010 together with other women and migrant organisations LEFÖ has created a series of videos that work on violence against women in various ways. An exciting collaboration with interesting and varied productions! The video of LEFÖ - an interview with Maria Cristina Boidi - goes online on 8 December.
Press conference on 21 October 2010
LEFÖ-IBF and GAATW (Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women)
Experts warn that current anti-trafficking efforts will fail if trafficked persons are not involved in their development and evaluation. Press Release (52,3 KB)
2010: LEFÖ celebrates 25 years on October 1st in the ost klub
World AIDS Conference 2010
LEFÖ participated at the World AIDS Conference “Rights Here, Right Now” (Report in English, 599 KB)
Vernissage "Game of the colours"
With the title "Game of the colours" an exibition of the Women´s Painting Studio of the LEFÖ Learning Center started in June 2010. With the voluntarily engagement and work of Gloria Tichy since 2 years the Women´s Painting Studio is a successfull project. A "colourful" evening opened this exibition which lasted 5 weeks in a galery of the 7th district of Vienna.