International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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, 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 will be co-organized PEERS Victoria Resource Society, the UVSS Women’s Centre and VIPIRG. Meeting at the corner of Government St. and Discovery St. at 12:00 pm on December 17th. From there we will march to the Legislature where there will be speeches and refreshments.

Wear red and bring a red umbrella if you have one!


Visit the facebook event HERE and spread the word!

Protestors calling for end to violence against sex workers march to legislature (Andrea Boyes, CFAX 1070, with files from CTV News)

Participants march along Government Street on Saturday for Red Umbrella Day (Darren Stone, Times Colonist)

Red Umbrella challenges violence against sex workers (Kailey Willetts, The Martlet)

Contact us for more information.