International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers is observed on 17th December around the world. It is celebrated by sex workers, their advocates, friends, and families.
International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers is aimed at promoting to stop crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination that have contributed to violence against sex workers and indifference from their communities.
International Day Against Violence Against Sex Workers was first observed in 2003. It was founded by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA), an American sex worker rights organization.
The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE) adopted the red umbrella as a symbol of resistance to discrimination in 2005.