Genesis is proud to support International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on 17th December 2014

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Marking 17th December 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

On 17th December Genesis marked the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. This was was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers and to remember those who have been murdered. It was originally created by The sex workers outreach project in the US  as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the “Green River Killer” in USA, convicted of the murders of 49 women and believed to have killed at least  71. 17th December has grown to be a global event, where sex workers, sex work support projects and their supporters come together in towns and cities around the world to remember victims of violence and reinforce the message that crimes against sex workers will not be tolerated and perpetrators will be brought to justice.  Please see  if you would like to read more about the day.

29th Nov | Community Clean Up !

Genesis staff took part in a community clean up organised by our police colleagues, with our police liaison officer Jo Kemp taking a lead role in coordinating the event. A range of  police officers, PCSO's,  community projects, community members and local businesses, who  gathered together on a cold blustery Saturday November morning armed with bin bags and litter pickers. This was a great opportunity to get together, talk about the issues we all face and help make Holbeck a safer, cleaner environment. The council supported  with their sweeper vehicles and together we collected lots of bin bags full of rubbish. It was great to see so many people all working together, and the area of Holbeck focused on looked so much smarter afterwards. We hope to support more community clean-ups in the future and thanks to the police for organising and for the teas and coffees!

12th Dec | Sex Work Knowledge Share 

On 12th December Genesis were very pleased to take a leading role in the Sex Work Knowledge Share event ( ) hosted by the University of Leeds &  Yorkshire Academic Sex Work Consotria  ( ) of which Genesis is a founder member.  Chaired by Dr  Teela Sanders the event brought together practitioners, academics and policy makers from Leeds and across the UK to share current research on sex work in Leeds and best practice issues. The National Police Lead on Prostitution , Assistant Chief Constable Merseyside Police,  Chris Armitt opened the event. Dr Kate Brown of York University set the scene in Leeds outlying findings form the a scoping of sex work in Leeds published in 2014 and updated on changes in policy since then.  Genesis staff Rosie Campbell and Carolyn Henham  presented with Laura Jarvis PhD student and volunteer at Genesis  on interim findings from the Leeds Sex Work Needs Assessment and findings from Carolyn's Master Thesis.  Genesis Adult Outreach Worker Emily Turner  presented on the Recovery Project Funded  iniative "No Longer Invisible" -  read our January Newsletter to find out more.  Expert speakers presented on best practice for working with migrant sex workers and male sex workers.

Marking 17th Dec | Elland Road Event

Genesis activities to support 17th December started with an event hosted in partnership by Genesis and West Yorkshire Police at Elland Road Police Station which a range of partner agencies attended. Rosie our CEO spoke about key global issues related to violence against sex workers that have been to the fore during 2014. She led a remembrance for all sex workers who have been victims of murder, violence and hate crimes, the four women working as sex workers in the UK who have been murdered during 2014 were specifically remembered. Emily Turner, Genesis Acting Team Leader/Adult Outreach Worker described the work Genesis has been carrying out during 2014 in partnership with West Yorkshire Police to address crimes against sex workers by improving ugly mugs, working closely with the police sex work liaison officer, improving confidence in the police amongst sex workers to increase reporting as well as improving the support given to sex worker victims of crime.  Inspector Chris Bowen gave a statement of support for the 17th December and affirmed West Yorkshire Police’s commitment to preventing violence against sex workers and taking all crimes committed against sex workers seriously.

Please see our website for more info about how we further marked the day:

Leeds Community Foundation 10th Anniversary 

On 4th December we were proud to attend the celebration to support Leeds Community Foundation who have supported over 2000 local charities  during their first decade. Genesis is honoured to have been one of those local charities. the foundation's support has really helped us deliver our work to support vulnerable girls and women in Leeds.

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