This year, on the 2nd of June, we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the occupation of the church of St Nizier in Lyon, France. This historical event when 100s of prostitutes occupied a church to protest against police violence and corruption is regarded as the symbolical birth of the sex workers’ rights movement (although many protests and actions had taken place in the years and decades before that in many part of the world, many of them unrecorded and forgotten).
The 2nd of June is celebrated as sex workers’ rights days by many individuals and organisations all over the world. This year to celebrate this anniversary sex workers from Europe and beyond will gather in Lyon and organise, protest and demand, louder than ever, an end to their stigmatisation and criminalisation.
To mark this year, Sex Worker Open University – a collective of sex workers based in UK – is launching a poster competition with a 1st prize of £250. There will be another 5 prizes of £50 each. This competition is open to all: artists, students, graphic designers… The theme is : 40 years of sex workers’ activism!