SHOP IS HIRING!

SHOP is hiring for a new full-time Community Outreach Organizer. If you are passionate about sex workers’ rights, feminism, outreach and harm reduction, we would love to hear from you! Please see job description attached. Applications for this position will be accepted until 12pm Friday, October 8th, 2021. Start date for this position is after October 12th.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to heather@sjwomenscentre.ca telling us why you are a great fit for this job supporting and advocating for sex workers. We encourage applicants to self-identify any marginalized lived experiences and identities you are comfortable sharing in your application, with the knowledge that disclosed experiences will remain confidential.

 

SHOP Community Outreach Organizer – Sept 2021

SHOP responds to the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Digital Citizen Initiative”

The Canadian government is proposing a new legislative approach to deal with “harmful” online content, one that is dangerously broad, over-reaching, and includes an over-reliance on law enforcement. This will inevitably target sex worker safety, 2SLGBTQIA content, BIPOC advocacy and content, community-based harm reduction information, and online sexual education and speech.

“Digital harms are a serious concern, but we must be extremely cautious to avoid generating new egregious and discriminatory harms through attempts to address that concern. The proposed Digital Harms framework has grave potential to hurt sex workers, 2SLGBTQ+ folks, BIPOC communities, and other marginalized populations. We implore the Canadian Government to reconsider these measures and to heed the experiences and expertise of these communities in drafting safe and effective alternatives.” – SHOP

The Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Digital Citizen Initiative” put out a call for comment in September 2021 in response to this proposed legislation framework and many sex workers and allies have responded. Read SHOP’s full letter of submission here.

WE ARE HIRING: SHOP Housing and Outreach Worker

We are currently hiring for our Safe Harbour Outreach Program. We are looking for someone to join the province’s first and only sex worker advocacy program, as our new Housing and Outreach Worker. This new position is one of the only housing support positions for sex workers in Canada.  If you would like to work in a feminist, trauma-informed environment and are passionate about sex worker’s right, harm reduction, and working from a housing first approach – we look forward to hearing from you! See the job description below for more information.

The closing date is Sunday June 20th at 4:00 PM NST.  Please send cover letters and resumes to: heather@sjwomenscentre.ca.

SHOP Housing And Outreach Worker

SHOP is Hiring!

SHOP is hiring for a new full-time Community Outreach Organizer. If you are passionate about sex workers’ rights, feminism, outreach and harm reduction, we would love to hear from you! Please see job description attached. Applications for this position will be accepted until 12pm Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to heather@sjwomenscentre.ca telling us why you are a great fit for this job supporting and advocating for sex workers.

We encourage applicants to self-identify any marginalized lived experiences and identities you are comfortable sharing in your application, with the knowledge that disclosed experiences will remain confidential.

SHOP Community Outreach Organizer – job description (Sept.2020)

 

SHOP Launches COVID-19 Sex Worker Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the livelihood of many workers, particularly those who work in unprotected industries and lack access to traditional forms of income support and employment-related benefits. This pandemic has been especially devastating for sex workers who are unable to work – many of whom are experiencing a drastic loss of income without employement benefits, sick days, EI, and facing barriers to federal financial support programs. Without supports, sex workers find themselves trying to balance between self-isolating versus putting themselves at risk to continue meeting clients (some of whom are taking advantage of the situation to pressure workers for higher risk services for lower wages).

In the middle of an unprecedented public health crisis our sex working communities are struggling to access basic services and protections without facing stigma, violence, shame or barriers. This is especially true for sex workers who are homeless or do not have safe housing, are Indigenous and/or racialized, are trans, two spirit and non-binary, are surviving violence in their home, have precarious immigration status, and for sex workers who are living with chronic illness or disabilities.

With the help of some generous donations and emergency funding, Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP) has established a COVID-19 Sex Worker Relief Fund to directly support sex workers during this difficult time. This SHOP Relief Fund will be used to help sex workers most affected by the pandemic continue to stay housed, pay bills, put food on the table, and survive the pandemic.

If you are a sex worker living in St. John’s or surrounding communities who identifies as a woman or a marginalized gender, and you would like to apply to the SHOP Sex Worker Relief Fund, please fill out our online application form (on your own or with the help of someone else), or get in contact with SHOP staff if you do not have access to the internet. We’re currently able to offer one-time funding and applications will remain open until we’ve reached capacity. If additional funds are available, we will update this on our social media. The form can be reached at the link embedded above, or by copying and pasting the following into your browser: shorturl.at/huQUZ 

Heather: 709-771-1077

Bridget: 709-771-7171

If you would like to contribute and donate to this fund, please visit the Canada Helps page of the St. John’s Women’s Centre and specify that you’d like the funds to go to “Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP)”. All donations during this time will go directly to sex workers in need, with the goal of prioritizing members of our community who have been most affected. The more donations we receive, the more people we can support. Help ensure that no one is left behind during this pandemic. Please consider making a donation, and share this widely!

For more information about this Relief Fund, please contact:

Heather Jarvis

SHOP Program Coordinator

(709) 771-1077

heather@sjwomenscentre.ca

Lifting the Ban: Recommendations to protect the human rights of sex workers in St. John’s

SHOP continues to advocate in many ways to challenge discrimination, stereotypes and misconceptions against sex workers, engaging in campaigns and education to address stigma, violence, and call for change. We submitted a report to St. John’s City Council in December 2018 containing information on why we advocated against a moratorium on massage parlour permits, references to national and international research for sex worker safety, and multiple letters from sex workers and survivors in St. John’s. We are now publishing the report as City Council is voting on the issue. You can view that report here: Lifting the Ban – SHOP Report for City Council

SHOP is Hiring a Summer Student

JOB TITLE

SHOP Summer Student/Program Support Worker

JOB DESCRIPTION/DUTIES

This position engages in group facilitation, outreach, harm reduction, advocacy, feminist and trauma informed approaches to front line service work. We strive to make our work as intersectional and strengths-based as possible so that individuals working with SHOP can experience community work while building their skills and work experience working with women. Duties include: planning summer workshops and events, assisting in the ongoing development of SHOP materials, co-coordinating regular weekly drop-in meals, volunteer support, upholding a non-judgmental environment for current and former sex workers and marginalized communities including LGBTQI2S people, Indigenous peoples, people living with disabilities, survivors of violence and trauma, formerly incarcerated women, and criminalized communities. Requirements: submitting a certificate of conduct, must identify as a woman or someone who has experience in sex work as a woman, previous engagement with sex worker issues. Preference given to women who are current or former sex workers.

PLAN FOR SUPERVISION

Reporting to the SHOP Program Coordinator, with support from the SHOP Community Outreach position, the SHOP Program Support Worker will receive training, support and check-ins on a weekly basis, with opportunities for debrief

PLEASE NOTE: Students applying for this position must be entering or returning to Post-Secondary training within the current year, must be legally entitled to work in Canada, and must not be an immediate family member of the employer.

Hourly Rate of Pay: $13/hour

Number of Hours a Week: 30

Number of Weeks Requested: 6

Closing Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 4pm NL Time

Please submit resumes to heather@sjwomenscentre.ca

SHOP releases campaign targeting stigma against sex workers

It’s time we turned the tide on how we talk about sex workers.

The right words can make a huge difference. They can help enforce self-worth, respect, and humanity — especially when it comes to the lives of sex workers. Words count.

The Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP) exists to advocate for the human rights of sex workers in and around St. John’s, and across Newfoundland and Labrador. The women we serve have continuously identified that stigma creates huge barriers to accessing their basic human rights. The collective fight for the human rights of sex workers is a new phenomenon in this province and there are still many challenges to changing the discourse and public perception around the people who engage in sex work.

June 14 has been recognized as a National Day of Action for Sex Worker Rights in Canada to combat dangerous laws and narratives, and today we launch ‘Words Count,’ a bold awareness campaign to make people stop and take stock of the language used to stigmatize sex workers and deny women their agency. Whore, hooker, prostitute, slut. Would you want to be called these words? These and many other weighted words bear down on women in our community every day – women who are parents, volunteers, students, neighbours, teachers, artists, safer sex experts, advocates, and members of our community.

Heather Jarvis, SHOP’s Program Coordinator, on sex work stigma:
“Sex work stigma has real world consequences. It is used to justify actions that infringe on the human rights of sex workers every day, making women’s lives more hazardous and unjust, and at its worst making sex workers disposable. The people we work with are intelligent, resourceful, critical, funny, kind, loving, creative, and come with skills and knowledge. Sex workers are a part of our community. Sex workers belong in our community.”

What can you do?
Challenge discrimination, stereotypes and misconceptions against sex workers, their families and partners. Download and print our campaign poster and help spread awareness in the community. Start a conversation about what you can do to support sex workers in your city. Purchase a ‘Words Count’ t-shirt, with proceeds going to support the work of SHOP. Watch the ‘Words Count’ video below and share it on social media with #EndTheStigmaNL.

CW: This video contains harsh language around sexism, sexuality, stereotyping, and violence and might not be suitable for all ages or individuals. Please engage with it at your own pace.

Vanessa V., local sex worker, on the ‘Words Count’ campaign:
“This is a perfect collage of the stigma that sex workers get because this is how we’re treated by society in general – overwhelmingly negative and with judgment, putting us down as if we’re ‘nobody’ or making us into a ‘bombshell,’ ‘trophy’ stereotype. Ultimately, we’re still made to be a punchline and not seen for the real people we are. The people who say these sorts of things aren’t sex workers, they aren’t my clients, they’re people who are looking at sex work from the outside.”

Take responsibility for your words and your actions. Help end the stigma. Support the Safe Harbour Outreach Project.

Media Contact
Heather Jarvis
Program Coordinator
Safe Harbour Outreach Project
Tel. 709.771.1077
heather@sjwomenscentre.ca

Safe Harbour Outreach Project: Women’s March 2018 Statement

SHOP provided a statement to be read at the St. John’s Women’s March on Saturday, January 20, 2018:

Safe Harbour Outreach Project is a program of the St. John’s Status of Women Council, where our two-woman team supports and advocates for sex working women and their rights, in and around St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Our work is rooted in harm-reduction, human rights, social justice, and decriminalization.

We at SHOP are eager to participate in the St. John’s Women’s March 2018. The involvement of sex workers is incredibly meaningful; it was only last year that sex workers endured the erasure of their lives and rights at the Women’s March on Washington. We are proud that our city recognizes that sex workers belong here, because we know that sex workers have been historically left out of international women’s movements.

We know that sex workers are strong advocates, policy makers, and labour rights activists. Sex workers are mothers, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, and fierce business women. Sex workers have been pivotal in the work against human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and must be included in this work. Sex workers have been pioneers of women’s rights, civil rights, and LGBTQ2I rights.

Sex working women must be included in our feminisms. Incarcerated women, Indigenous women, women of colour, immigrant and refugee women. We must look for these voices in the Times Up movement, and in the Me Too movement – and if they aren’t included, we must ask why, and do better. In the name of sharing sex workers voices, and honouring the role sex workers play in the women’s movement, we champion their words:

Last month, trans sex worker Hailey Heartless in B.C. eloquently said, “when we speak about violence against sex workers, we need to tie it back to the core reasons why we’re at risk. Stigma, on top of slut shaming, and whorephobia, is piled on top of other oppressions we disproportionately face: sexism, transphobia, ableism, racism, colonialism and homophobia, to name a few… As an ally, it’s your responsibility to create spaces, not movements. Please speak with us, not for us. Stand beside us, not in front of us. Include us in your movements and let us tell you what we need. Nothing about us, without us.”

And a sex working woman in our city of St. John’s said, “We pay income taxes. We vote. We promote and project equality, empowerment, independence, and self-worth. Our work is consensual. Our work is real work.”

Sex workers have been part of the women’s movement throughout history, even when their work and presence hasn’t been recognized. But let it be known,

We hear you.
We see you.