On 8 March, International Day of Working Women, member organizations of RedTraSex performed various activities to vindicate the work of thousands of sex workers women fighting for their autonomy.
This day commemorates the death of 129 textile workers who were burnt alive in 1908 at a factory in the United States, in full demand for their rights as workers. But it also celebrates the existence of anonymous women who are an example of activism and commitment to defense of their rights and in pursuit of an equitable society.
In the case of Ecuador, the fellow Lourdes Toscano, RedTraSex integrant, was recognized along with other women -references to the Ecuadorian people- for their role “in building an equitable, diverse, plural and united society”. According to the provincial delegate of the organization, María José Fernández Bravo, this recognition makes visible the unrecognized actions of Ecuadorian women.
Meanwhile A.M.M.A.R., representative of RedTraSex in Argentina, worked at the National Campaign for Signatures “For a law to regulate the autonomous sex work”, project to be presented this year in defense of sex work.
There are many reasons for a law to protect sex work and regulate the activity according to Claudia Carranza, National A.M.M.A.R. General Secretary. “It is important to distinguish the sex work from trafficking, because sex work by choice and free will, exercised by women of legal age, is a legal activity. Because with a law we can feel protected and defend improvements in our working conditions, besides fighting against human trafficking and pimping”.
Fellows of Paraguay and Panama also participated in various celebrations held in the International Day of Working Women.
In the case of Panama, in addition to participating in a 8th of March Commemoration March, the leaders of the Red Nacional de Mujeres con Dignidad organized two workshops: one to elaborate materials for diffusion and awareness about sex work and the other on leadership.
The referents of Unidas por la Esperanza from Paraguay, meanwhile, celebrated handing out flyers in Asuncion downtown by the Documentation and Study Center.
Undoubtedly, for members of RedTraSex it was a day to remember that sex workers women continue the fight for labor and human rights as U.S. textile workers.