Student Sex Work Campaign: One Year On

Posted by cc576 at Dec 02, 2020 10:07 AM |
Providing information and education

In November 2019, the University and Students’ Union ran a joint campaign around supporting student sex workers. The focus of this campaign was to provide information and an education for those who attended events and other sessions, and to vitally highlight support options available.

The University and Student Union were keen to express their commitment at this time:

Gareth Oughton, Chief Executive of the Students' Union said:

“The Students’ Union has been proud to lead on the Student Sex Workers’ campaign. Our community is made up a diverse range of lived experiences and no student should have to face the societal stigma that students in sex work do. As a Union, we want you to know that your Union is always here for you and will always provide a safe, non-judgemental environment.”

Professor Nishan Canagarajah, Vice-Chancellor of the University said:

“We are proud to work with the Student’s Union on the Student Sex Workers’ campaign. The University community is vibrant and diverse and it is important that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to ensuring that any students who are sex workers feel supported and valued as part of the Leicester community.”

Since this campaign, the Standing Together team (based in Student Support Services), the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team, and Professor Teela Sanders from the School of Criminology have been working on institution-wide policy development, and a staff toolkit. In addition, alongside the recently-developed Standing Together disclosure sessions, a specific sex work disclosure scenario video has been created. Furthermore, the Students’ Union and University have started adding relevant content to the webpages.

These resources are intended to continue the positive action started by the Student Sex Work campaign in November 2019, and embed information and support more widely and sustainably across the University community. We hope that this ethos is adopted across other UK Universities and other connected organisations.

There will be a ‘Student Sex Work Campaign: One Year On’ event on 7th December 2020 which will showcase a culmination of work over the last year, and a key opportunity to share our progress both internally and externally. Please join our University online event on 7th December at 1pm and see our webpage here for more background information, links for support, and the link to join the event on the day (no sign up required).

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