Let’s Talk About “Saving” Sex Workers (Online Discussion)

Time’s Up Ateneo invites everyone to Let’s Talk About “Saving” Sex Workers, an online discussion about Sharmila Parmanand’s research entitled Saving our Sisters: Critical inquiry into sex trafficking discourses and interventions in the Philippines. Be there on Aug. 5, 2022 from 8pm to 9:30pm (Manila Time)/ 1pm to 2:30pm (London Time). Register via https://tinyurl.com/TalkTUA

Saving our Sisters is Sharmila’s doctoral thesis from the University of Cambridge. You can access it here: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/316132

During the event, participants will share their thoughts on the research. After the participants’ discussion, Sharmila will join our online room to answer the questions from the participants.

You can also read articles in relation to Sharmila’s research:

The many faces of care: A comparative analysis of anti-trafficking approaches to domestic work and sex work in the Philippines. Ethics and Social Welfare 16(2): 129-143. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17496535.2022.2070234

Salvation as violence: anti-trafficking and the rehabilitation of rescued Filipino women into moral subjects. Journal of International Women’s Studies 22(2): 78-91. https://vc.bridgew.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2403&context=jiws

The Philippine Sex Workers Collective: Struggling to be Heard, not Saved. Anti-Trafficking Review 12: 57-73. https://www.antitraffickingreview.org/index.php/atrjournal/article/view/377

Some Reflections on Decolonising Sex Work Research. LSE Engenderings. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/gender/2022/02/21/some-reflections-on-decolonising-sex-work-research/

Institutionalised victimhood: the ‘progressive’ alternative for sex work in the Philippines. openDemocracy. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/institutionalised-victimhood-the-progressive-alternative-for-sex-work-in-the-philippines/

Selling sex amidst the Philippine Drug War. openDemocracy. https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/beyond-trafficking-and-slavery/selling-sex-amidst-philippine-drug-war/

The Police are our Real Pimps. International Women’s Rights Action Watch – Asia Pacific. https://www.iwraw-ap.org/the-police-are-our-real-pimps/

About Time’s Up Ateneo

Time’s Up Ateneo (TUA) is a community of survivors and advocates fighting against sexual violence and institutional impunity in Ateneo de Manila and beyond. TUA envisions itself as both a psychosocial support system and an advocacy group. As a community, TUA has support groups for survivors and advocates, conducts community care activities, as well as may provide referrals to further psychosocial and legal support.

TUA was founded on Oct. 17, 2019, which was right after the Oct. 15, 2019 rally in Ateneo de Manila where around 200 students, alumni, teachers, and parents gathered in the campus to protest against sexual violence and institutional impunity in the university and continued to stage several protests after that. The collective then developed a trauma-informed and survivor-centered advocacy work, and TUA’s efforts include pushing for institutional reforms, supporting survivors and advocates, and calling for a community approach to addressing sexual violence.

Time’s Up Ateneo is independent from Ateneo de Manila. TUA created the organization in response to Ateneo de Manila’s failures in addressing the issue of sexual violence in its campus. Please do not credit TUA’s work to Ateneo de Manila.

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