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2021 Scarlet Alliance National Forum #SANF21


SANF21 online registrations are now open! CLICK HERE


Registrations for the National Forum close at 10:00 AM (AEST) 8th November.


This year we have once again decided to hold the 2021 Scarlet Alliance National Forum online due to the varied COVID-19 restrictions across states and territories. Next year, the Forum location nominations will be re-opened. There will also be state and territory based hubs (COVID-19 restrictions permitting) to facilitate participation in the Scarlet Alliance National Forum. Contact your local sex worker organisation to see whether there is a forum hub near you: https://www.scarletalliance.org.au/links/

The theme for National Forum 2021 is Whores in Context: Where have we come from? Where are we going?

Held over 3 days on 9-11 November, the National Forum packs in:

  • National Forum (sex workers only - free) Presentations, workshops, discussions, consultation, policy development, sex workers panels, trends/changes/legal conditions across each state and territory, peer education and more.
  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) (online only) (Scarlet Alliance delegates and members only). Election of office bearers (executive committee), spokespersons, delegates to represent the organisation, reports from the executive committee, presentation of financial reports. Note all elected positions become vacant.
  • An evening of Whore Trivia and Whore Of The Year Awards (online only) (sex workers only - free)

SANF21 Agenda

Tuesday 9 November

Wednesday 10 November Thursday 11 November

 

12:00pm Welcome to Country

12:05pm Housekeeping and safer spaces

12:15pm Scarlet Alliance overview

12:30pm President's address

12:40pm Trans & Gender Diverse Sex Worker Representative report

12:45pm National group reports: Touching Base, DDDIFF

1:00pm State & territory reports: NSW, SA, WA, ACT
(15 mins each incl. questions)

 


 

2:00pm Lunch & online discussion groups:
‘Sex workers and their pets’ & ‘Discussions around sex worker organising’

 


 

3:00pm State & territory reports: QLD, VIC, NT, TAS
(15 mins each incl. questions)

4:00pm DISCUSSION
‘Priority Issues: Where to from here?’

 


 

5:00pm END OF DAY 1

 


 

6:00pm Exec, Spokes, Reps & Doubles nominations close


 

12:00pm AGM & election results
(online only) (delegates and members only)

 


 

2:30pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

  • ‘Trans and Queer Sex Workers in NSW’
  • ‘Personal experiences with banking institutions and helpful tips regarding payment options and banking’

3:30pm PANEL
‘The Challenges of COVID-19 for Migrant Sex Workers in Australia’

4:30pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
  • ‘Simple Bondage for Work and Pleasure’
  • ‘Community focused cash back’

 


 

5:30pm END OF DAY 2

 


 

 

7:30pm Whore Trivia & 2021 Whore of the Year Awards

 

12:00pm WORKSHOP
‘Peer Education is Everywhere’

12:45pm Clap Back: STI & BBV update

1:00pm PANEL
‘Black, Strong & Sexy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ sex workers

 


 

2:00pm Lunch & online discussion groups
‘Sex workers and their pets’ & ‘Discussions around sex worker organising’

 


 

3:00pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

  • ‘How I’ve Dealt With My Own Whorephobia: A Sharing Circle’
  •  ‘Sex Worker Rights: Impromptu spaces for whore expression, advocacy and organising’

4:00pm PANEL
‘The National Cabinet of Whores’

 


 

5:00pm END OF FORUM

 

Concurrent Workshops

2:30PM Wednesday

Trans & Queer Sex Workers in NSW 

Focusing on the experiences of trans and queer sex workers in NSW, this is an chance for non-queer sex workers to understand queer sex work better, and for queer workers to connect with each other. It will also discuss what we as workers can do to address transphobia and homophobia in our industry. 

Facilitator: Charlie

Personal experiences with banking institutions and helpful tips re: payment options and banking

This workshop will cover personal experiences with banking institutions and financial discrimination, share information about which banks are most supportive of our industry, and end with a Q&A/group share. 

Facilitator: Tallula Darling

4:30PM Wednesday

Simple Bondage for Work and Pleasure

A primer on rope bondage (as well as how to improvise without rope) for beginners. Learn hard skills (safety, knots, rope techniques, simple harness, self tying, putting it together) and soft skills (communication, mood, timing, connection). By the end of this workshop you’ll be able to put your skills to use on yourself and others! 

Facilitator: Sai Jaiden Lillith

Community Focused Cash Back

What are our community responses when mugs reverse payments, steal back money, or deliberately gain bookings and sex work services through fraudulent means? Exploring the ethics, confidentiality, frustrations, wins and losses, learn about the full range of creative avenues Respect Inc promotes in response to non-payment, plus all the $$$$ returned to sex workers. 

Facilitators: Carly, Lulu, Ella from Respect Inc

3:00PM Thursday

How I’ve Dealt With My Own Whorephobia: A Sharing Circle 

A sharing circle on ways we’ve become aware of and dealt with our own internalised whorephobia. A confidential container providing the opportunity to skill share and feel validated by shared experience in the area of internalised whorephobia, with the objective to reduce shame, increase self-esteem and confidence and build trust and solidarity. 

Facilitator: Danielle

Sex Worker Rights: Impromptu spaces for whore expression, advocacy and organising

A presentation, discussion and skillshare on the importance of community engagement through art advocacy. NT sex workers and FIFO/touring workers have been working as a creative collective to celebrate, memorialise and bring attention to issues of concern within our community through peer-led projects. 

Facilitators: NT Sex Worker Reference Group

Formal Notice of Annual General Meeting


Scarlet Alliance Annual General Meeting to be held online
12:00pm, Wednesday 10 November 2021.
All members are invited to attend

If you have not received the formal notice in your email and/or you are a new member wishing to attend the National Forum please contact members@scarletalliance.org.au for further information.

Please note: the National Forum is a sex worker only space and excludes owners/operators. The information regarding venue is thus only available to sex workers past and present, who are not owner/operators.

Please Note: Following the constitutional changes made in 2012 it is required that all attendees to the AGM must be current Scarlet Alliance members.

All current elected positions are vacated at this year's AGM, we encourage people who are interested in being a representative, spokesperson, executive committee member or double to nominate. See below for position descriptions.

If you would like more information about any of these roles, the current Executive Committee is holding an information session on Thursday 28th October at 6pm AEDT. To register to attend this session CLICK HERE





Keep posted on this page for further updates!