Hey friends! As Students’ Union President, my role is to support all students, and ensure we are doing all that we can to support the most marginalised. Student sex workers need to pay for their tuition fees, course expenses and rent, as well as other additional costs. This means that they find other means to fund their education.
Sex work is work. You may choose to be a full service sex worker, engage in sugaring and have a sugar daddy/mummy, or find other ways to sell sex. Whatever your profession may be, whether accidental or intentional, all workers deserve to be safe and free from violence. The red umbrella became a symbol for the rights of people engaged in sex work during the 2001 Venice Biennale of Art, when attendees used them to identify each other.
From 25 November–10 December 2019, there will be a display in the Students’ Union Square of red umbrellas to remain in solidarity with the fight for social justice and workers’ rights for all those involved in the sex worker industry.
Your Leicester Students' Union President 2019/20
Please note: All events are open to students, staff and the local public.
Events List - November 2019
Report and support information session, Tuesday 26 Nov, 11-3pm, SU Square, Percy Gee Building
- This session is a chance for people to come along and meet with organisations that work to support people affected by sexual violence. FREEVA, Jasmine House and The University of Leicester Welfare Team will be available.
Report and Support at Leicester By HeForShe Society, Tuesday 26 November 2019, 5.30-7pm, Gee’s Diner, Percy Gee Building
- This is a panel discussion where three guest speakers from different organisations seek to answer any questions anyone might have, and also an opportunity to have an open discussion about sexual violence. This will be a safe space to discuss how we will tackle what we as a community can do moving forward. FREEVA, Jasmine House and The University of Leicester Welfare Team will be available.
We need to decriminalise sex work! Wednesday 27 November 2019, 4-6pm, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 2
- This session will start to provide attendees with an understanding of the practicalities of sex work, and will be led by external experts in this field, including the English Collectiveof Prostitutes (ECP) and SWARM (Sex Work Hive). This session will also share the voices of student sex workers and those working to support them.
Sex work and The Law, Thursday 28 November 2019, 5.30-7.30pm,Gee’s Diner, Percy Gee Building
- This session will take the format of a workshop to discuss the law around sex work and will start to discuss how to work safely and within the law. There will be opportunities to ask questions and discuss these issues further.
Films / TV show screenings, Friday 29 November 2019, 11-4pm, Attenborough 002
- As part of our Sex Work and Sexual Violence Awareness Campaign there will be a number of showings throughout the day to raise awareness and educate students around the topic of sex work (Over 18s only).
Sauvage – 11.00-13.00
Juno Mac -The laws that sex workers really want 14.00-14.30
Nicole Emma – What a sex worker can teach us about human connection 14.30-15.00
Tilly Lawless – Sex work is integral to the feminist movement - 15.00-15.30
Events List - December 2019
Sex Work in Higher Education, Monday 2 December 2019, 5-7pm, Gee’s Diner, Percy Gee Building
- This session will start to discuss some of the research conducted in the area of sex work. Academics in this field, including colleagues from The University of Leicester, will discuss prevalence and the practical implications of engaging in sex work. Come along to learn more about the work and how to better support sex workers.
Craftivism Session for Reclaim The Night, Tuesday 3 December 2019, 2-6pm, SU Office, Percy Gee Building
- This session is an opportunity to get creative together! Come along and create a placard of empowerment, protest and awareness to use during the Reclaim the Night walk.
Standing together for community, Wednesday 4 December 2019, 1-3pm, Charles Wilson 408 (Woodhouse), Charles Wilson Building
- This interactive session is part of a pilot project to introduce bystander education at The University of Leicester. Encouraging members of the community to be active bystanders has consistently been proven to help reduce the prevalence of unacceptable behaviours such as sexual violence. Come along to this session to learn more about the project and support the campaign to tackle unacceptable behaviours.
Sex positivity By Burlesque Society and Pole, Fitness and Dance Society, Wednesday 4 December 2019,6-8pm, Gee’s Diner, Percy Gee Building
- A workshop on how to be body and sex positive, especially when dealing with demands of the modern world. Filled with fun activities, interesting facts and helpful advice, we hope to inspire everyone to walk out of the session feeling more confident than when they walked in.
Reclaim The Night, Thursday 5 December 2019, 5pm, Charles Wilson Building
- For too long, womxn have been made to feel afraid of walking alone at night, due to harassment, assault and violence. Join us to Reclaim the Night for ourselves and protest against gender-based violence as we march through the night in unification and solidarity. Bring your own placards and banners or join us for our ‘Craftivism’ session, where you’ll be given the opportunity to make some there! We will be walking from The Charles Wilson Building to the Clock Tower. Everyone is welcome!
Films / TV show screenings, Friday 6 December 2019, 11-4pm, Attenborough Lecture Theatre 3
- Screenings will take place to show various representations of sex work and domestic/ sexual violence in the media (over 18s only).
Pretty Woman - 11.00-13.00
Secrets of Sugar Baby Dating - 14.00-15.00
Student Sex Workers EP1 - 15.00-16.00
Trans Sex Workers - The fight for workers rights, Monday 9 December 2019, 6-8pm, Gee’s Diner, Percy Gee Building
- This session will explore the most marginalised in the industry, looking at their struggle and fight for rights in the sex industry. Come along to learn more about trans based violence and why we need to decriminalise sex work, in order to support the most marginalised.
Sex work and tackling sexual violence, Tuesday 10 December 2019, 4-6pm, SU Square, Percy Gee Building
- This session will start to discuss the University’s stance on student sex workers and show our ongoing support for those engaging in this work. This session will also mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (on 17 December 2019).