Sex workers were excluded from attending the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, USA, due to restrictive US immigration policies. Instead APNSW, supported by NSWP, held an alternative event titled the Sex Workers' Freedom Festival in Kolkata, India. Sex workers from over 40 countries took part in five days of discussions, workshops, protests, arts based advocacy and a video live-link to the official conference.
In 2012. sex workers in Vietnam got together and formed a national network in order to bring about positive changes for their communities. The network aims to represent the voices, and act for the legitimate interests, of sex workers in Vietnam, in order to improve quality of life and decrease stigma and discrimination against sex workers.
Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW), UNAIDS, and UNFPA collaborated on a consultation on HIV/AIDS and sex work in Asia, held in Pattaya, Thailand. The meeting brought together UN and Global Fund representatives, NGOs, government officials, and sex worker groups from nine Asia Pacific countries.
In 2010, a media-savvy Sydney-based trans*sex worker and community activist, Norrie May-Welby, initiated court proceedings against the New South Wales (NSW) Government Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages to have their gender recognised as ‘non-specific’ on official documents. After a protracted legal battle which lasted for 4 years, in April 2014, the High Court ruled that it was within the Registry’s power to record and issue Norrie with documents identifying a ‘not specific’ gender.
In 2008, Scarlet Alliance undertook a national needs assessment research project to identify the systemic barriers impacting on HIV-positive sex workers. The needs assessment was coordinated by a self-disclosed HIV-positive sex worker, and was subsequently shared with local and national government, civil society and internationally.
In 2006, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW) premiered the karaoke-style, sex worker advocacy song “One Whore” at the International AIDS Society conference in Toronto, Canada. The song parodies the U2 track “One” and addresses issues surrounding the administration of US President G. W. Bush, including the infamous "anti-prostitution pledge."
Andrew Hunter addressed ICAAP participants during the closing ceremony, and spoke of the "black cloud" hanging over the conference in the form of the USA's Anti-prostitution pledge.
The five day workshop was an opportunity to develop and apply the art and culture based methodology to additional key populations beyond sex workers.
APNSW and Empower Foundation hosted a series of activities at the 15th International Aids Conference.
“A Battle Hymn for the Sex Workers’ Revolution” is the anthem of the Asia and Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW). It was developed by Tonette Lopez, a Philippines-based trans* sex worker activist.
A “Making Sex Work Safe Asia Pacific” event was held in Hong Kong in October 2003. The event was hosted by Zi-Teng, a sex workers advocacy organisation supported by Oxfam Hong Kong.Participants came from the People’s Republic and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, Australia, China, Thailand and Myanmar.The workshop was part of a series involving sex workers in producing educational resources, an art exhibition on human rights, drama and performance workshops; as well as doing training in community cultural development work.Zi-Teng reported a large increase in attendance at meetings since using the community cultural development approached developed with APNSW as part of “Making Sex Work Safe, Asia Pacific.”
In decriminalising sex work, the Act largely removed sex work from criminal legal frameworks and recognised sex work as a legitimate occupation, subject to industrial regulations.
Sex workers from eight countries participated in the first Making Sex Work Safe Asia Pacific workshop.
The Supreme Court of Nepal ruled in 2002 that sex workers should not be discriminated against in the criminal law.
Women’s Network for Unity (WNU) is gender diverse sex worker network based in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Phen, founded in 2002.
Participants at the first meeting of the Making Sex Work Safe Asia Pacific series decided to create a visual and performance based version of the Making Sex Work Safe handbook.
In 1999, police evicted Bangladeshi sex workers in Tanbazar and Nimtali from their workplaces and confined them in a centre for homeless people ... the Bangladesh High Court ruled that the sex workers were deprived of their livelihood by being evicted from their brothels, and that this amounted to a deprivation of the right to life.