International Women's Day 2020
This year on International Women’s Day members, of South Australia’s Sex Industry Decriminalisation Action Committee (SIDAC) joined thousands of other women & allies to celebrate the past victories of our struggles and to continue to push for equality – as part of these struggles, we continue to strive for the decriminalisation of sex work and the recognition of sex workers rights in SA!
We started our day early with an information table at Australia’s biggest International Women’s Day event – a breakfast at Adelaide Convention Centre with over 2,500 of our closest friends. The support we received was overwhelming and many breakfast guests signed our petition calling for decriminalisation, picked up stickers and donned a badge to raise awareness and stand with sex workers. As host of the event Penny Wong gave a motivating speech where she highlighted her disappointment in the SA governments’ failure to decriminalisation of sex work in 2019.
Next we went along to the International Women’s Day Luncheon at the Adelaide Convention Centre. We joined with the South Australia Abortion Action Coalition (SAAAC) and together we enjoyed talks from many inspiring women including former Catherine House CEO Louise Miller-Frost. It was a joy to watch SIDAC member and all-around amazing women’s rights campaigner Jessie MacGillivray receive an Irene Bell Award for service to the community!
To top off a busy International Women’s Day, SIDAC attended the 2020 IWD March from Victoria Square to the steps of Parliament house. This years theme was ‘Climate Change: Women Fight Back!’ and while SIDAC supports this theme and we recognise the important of climate change action, we still marched with the additional purpose of demanding the decriminalisation of sex work and the recognition of sex workers rights in South Australia.
International Sex Worker Rights Day 2021
International Sex Worker Rights Day is March 3rd. Every year sex workers and allies come together to honor the events of March 3rd 2001 when over 25,000 Indian sex workers gathered at a festival to demonstrate their struggle for rights despite pressure from prohibitionists not to attend.
In 2021, SIDAC met with supporters, sex workers, allies and supportive Members of Parliament at Parliament House to mark the occasion and to highlight that South Australia sex workers still cannot access their rights due to our archaic criminalisation laws.