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Scarlet Alliance Annual National Forum, Sydney, November 26,27,28

The 3 day national meeting packs in:

National Forum (sex worker only - free) Presentations, workshops, discussion, consultation, policy development, a panel of speakers, trends/changes/legal conditions across each state and territory, peer education and more.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) (Scarlet Alliance delegates and membership). Election of our office bearers (executive committee), spokespersons, delegates to represent the organisation, reports from the executive committee, presentation of financial reports, rule changes for the organisation.

A red umbrella march at circular quay (sex workers and friends)

A fabulous sex worker party (sex worker only) A night of sex worker celebration, performances, DJs and presentation of prestigious awards including the WOTYS, and soooo much more.

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If you would like to attend any of these events you can RSVP by contacting our Communications Officer at the Scarlet Alliance office on Thursday afternoon or Friday on 02 9690 0551. Or email communications(@)

The Agenda for the 2013 National Forum has been released. More details on the workshops to follow:

Tuesday 26th November, 2013

12:00PM – 12:45PM Orientation to Scarlet Alliance and outline of the 2013 National Forum

12:45PM – 1:00PM Introduction and President address

1:00PM – 2:00PM State and territory round-ups

2:00PM – 2:45PM Lunch provided

2:45 - 3PM SANTAP Scarlet Alliance National Training & Assessment Program Graduation Ceremony

3:00PM – 4:40PM State and territory round-ups
4:40 – 4:50PM National groups
Touching Base & DDDIFF
4:50 – 5:05PM Elected rep reports
Trans* Rep, Male Rep, International Spokes
5:05- 5:20PM Scarlet Alliance overview

5:20 – 5:50PM Afternoon tea provided

5:50PM – 6:00PM Determine one discussion topic for day 3 – to come out of report backs. #

6:00PM – 7:00PM Organisational roles skill share/training
6:00PM – 6:30PM Governance
6:30PM – 7:00PM Small group work
7:00PM - Close

# As requested in previous evaluations, a session is left open to enable a key issue identified at this forum to be discussed or workshopped.

Wednesday 27th November, 2013

9:00AM – 10:00AM Concurrent workshops 1 (A. Building pathways to sex worker legal advice,
10:00AM – 10:15PM Report-backs

10:15AM – 10:45 Morning Tea provided

10:45AM – 11.45 Concurrent workshops 2 (C. The Sex Worker Movement - Australian & American, D. Sex Worker Skillshare)
11.45-12 Report back
12 – 1PM Concurrent workshops 3 (E. Where next after decriminalisation?, F. Legal Resource eer education & Community Education)
1-1.15PM Report back

1:15PM – 2:15PM Lunch provided

2:15PM – 2:45PM Panel

2:45PM – 3:00PM Workshop on moving into public space/media presence at March

3.30 -5.30pm Red Umbrella March (at circular quay)
Wear red and bring a red umbrella.
All sex workers welcome. Friends of sex workers are also invited to show support and join in this part of the program – meet us at circular quay!

6‐9pm ALLIED EVENT ‐ SWOP NSW (sex worker only) celebration and Community Q&A event (update on autonomy & launch of Strategic Plan)
Food & drinks provided
Bus will transfer people from the red umbrella walk

Thursday 28th November, 2013

9:00AM – 10:30AM Scarlet Alliance Annual General Meeting (Sex worker members only)

Previous minutes
President report
Formal acceptance of new members
Treasurer report
Election of office bearers - Executive, spokespersons, delegates to AFAO

10:30AM – 11:00AM Morning Tea provided
11:00AM – 11:30AM AGM continues - outcome of elections

GENERAL SESSIONS START – sex worker only

11:30AM – 12:30 Rapid testing Position (10 min present intro, workshop/discussion 40 min, feedback)

12:30PM – 1:30PM Lunch provided (photo)

1:30PM – 3:00PM Presentations and discussions

1:30PM – 1.55 Sex work stigma & the media

1.55 – 2.15Pm discussion

2.15PM- 2.40PM Explanation of new trafficking laws

2:40PM – 3:00PM Discussion

3:00PM – 3:30PM Afternoon Tea provided

3:30PM – 4:30PM Discussion topic #
4:30PM – 5:00PM Evaluation

5:00PM – Close

7.00pm- Midnight SEX WORKER CELEBRATION & PERFORMANCE NIGHT SEX WORKER ONLY – including performances, DJs and WOTY Award.

Touching Base Professional Disability Awareness Training Friday 29th November 2013

Scarlet Alliance Associate Member Organisation Touching Base are running their Professional Disability Awareness Training for sex workers. Register
Touching Base website for more information.


The International Congress on HIV in Asia and The Pacific (ICAAP) is being held in Bangkok this year. Scarlet Alliance and our partner sex worker organisations in the region will be joining sex workers from the region including from Empower and APNSW to ensure sex worker issues are show cased.

Scarlet Alliance has had a number of oral presentations confirmed including:

End criminalisation of sex workers living with HIV - Peer Ed stops transmission not criminalisation 21/11/13 10:30-12:00 Oral Session 15 - Criminalization of Sex Work Hall H

Mandatory sex worker testing: Pin cushion or prevention: A policy failure 22/11/13 10:30-12:00 Oral Session 26 - Mandatory Testing and Legal Issues for PLHIV Hall G

Migrant Sex Workers Representing Migrant Sex Workers on Issues and Policies that Affect Us 21/11/13 14:00-15:30 Oral Session 17 - Living and Working Abroad: Challenges for PLHIV Migrants and others Session Venue: Hall G

We are included as an invited speaker at the Symposium

Session Title: Legal and Social Measures required to protect PLWHIV and Key Populations from Discrimination 22 November 2013 (Fri.) 10.30am-12.00

And we have a number of E poster presentations accepted including:

We are Migrant Sex workers

Challenges for sex worker capacity development partnerships amongst communities experiencing high HIV prevalence Date and Time

The migration project- representing migrant sex workers voices to combat discrimination

Campaigning for decriminalisation of sex work

Criminalisation of HIV Positive sex and sex workers

Friends Frangipani have also had an oral presentation accepted titled:

Sex workers win anti-discrimination case; sending a message that sex workers have rights and will fight for them in court; and several e-posters.

Scarlet Alliance participation at ASHM & ASHA Conferences in Darwin, October 21-25

Scarlet Alliance will be presenting at the ASHM conference on our international Capacity Building work and will host a lunchtime session on Wednesday 23/10/13 12.45-1.30pm in the Advocacy Corner on sex work legal issues with a mixed panel of speakers.

Sex, police, condoms, arrests and the United Nations: what do sex workers have to say about it? A lively lunch discussion as our panel of sex worker experts cover how law, enforcement and policy affect safe sex, human rights and health promotion.

Our member organisation SWOP NT will also present on its work on Friday 24/10/13.

Scarlet Alliance participation in Mardi Gras

Scarlet receives no specific funding to participate in Mardi Gras & participation in Mardi Gras has been, in the past, facilitated by the efforts of individual sex workers, on the volunteer working party and as staff at the Scarlet Office.

There has always been a significant flow on impact on both Scarlet's volunteer capacity & the Scarlet Office over Mardi Gras time.

Given recent Funding reductions & budgeting concerns, issues of capacity are forefront in all of our minds - but there is also the fact that there were significant barriers to participation put in place by Sydney Mardi Gras last year.

Our right as sex workers to participate was questioned, our sexual identities were "credentialed", we were asked what "letters" we did or didn't have, & we had to fight tooth & nail to participate in what some members of community feel is moreand more a commercial rather than a cultural event.

The Scarlet Alliance Executive committee has made on the basis of all of these factors - funding, capacity & community - the unanimous decision to not delegate a working party from the Executive to co-ordinate an official Scarlet Alliance entry into Mardi Gras this year.

This does not of course preclude participation by individual or organisational members, or discussion regarding this issue. Scarlet Alliance last year hosted a Post-Mardi Gras Panel on the 26th of April at which nine groups – including sex worker & queer community - spoke regarding their experiences with Mardi Gras, on issues of exclusion, identity policing & censorship.

Scarlet Alliance is open to and welcomes feedback from sex worker peer community on this issue.

Read the Speech from the April 2012 Post Mardi Gras meeting