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National Sex Workers Assembly to take place in May 2-5, 2023 as part of a larger project funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada


Edmonton, AB – The National Sex Workers Assembly, a four-day in-person conference, is set to take place from May 2nd to May 5th, 2023. The conference is part of a larger 19-month project funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada (WAGE) to support a feminist response and recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 through systemic change. ANSWER Society (Advocacy Normalizing Sex Work through Education and Resources Society) has been working towards this by hosting national virtual events such as town hall sessions, workshops and networking sessions for sex workers and erotic labourers. The ultimate goal was to help identify and support their needs and wants, providing professional development opportunities centered on networking and skill-building.


The Community Building and Storytelling theme of the conference provides a vital and inclusive space for the diverse and marginalized sex worker community to come together, share their stories, and build a stronger, more united community. Given the additional barriers and social exclusion faced by this community, it is essential to enhance their understanding of available resources and support systems. “By learning from each other's experiences, we can tackle the challenges of stigma, discrimination, and criminalization together and amplify the voices of those who are often misunderstood. Through solidarity and mutual aid, we will work towards creating a world where all individuals have the agency to make choices about their bodies, their work, and their lives, regardless of their background or profession.” - Mona Forya, President of ANSWERS. The conference aims to provide support to sex workers and promote a culture of respect, recognition, and understanding, ensuring that the diverse perspectives and needs of the sex worker community are recognized and respected.


In addition, this Assembly will gather valuable information from those within the sex work industry to inform a comprehensive educational resource tool addressing systemic oppression. The tool will include risk reduction strategies and barriers to safer work and will be presented during the final phase of ANSWERS' 19-month project.


The Assembly will be attended by approximately 190 sex workers, advocates, academics, and vetted allies while an additional 65 virtually from across Canada. Programming is available in both French and English. The conference will feature keynote speakers such as nationally recognized University of Victoria Sociology Professor Emeritus Cecilia Benoit, author of Sex Work Activism in Canada Amy Lebovitch and Canada's Queen of Burlesque, Judith Stein. 


To provide additional support for ANSWERS and their community, a fundraising event will take place on May 4th from 8:30 pm to 12:00 am at Evolution Wonderlounge, featuring an array of performers such as drag, burlesque, and striptease artists. All ticket sales from the evening's event will be directed towards supporting the services provided to ANSWER Society community members. The media is invited to attend this event.


"For those who couldn't attend our National Sex Workers Assembly, there are still plenty of ways to get involved and support the community! Our SEX WORK IS WORK Bias Prevention Training is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your understanding of sex work and ways to become an ally in the fight against stigma. Our engaging podcast is another great resource for continued learning about sex work and related issues.” - Sophie Hallée, ANSWERS’ Executive Director. 


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Advocacy Normalizing Sex Work through Education and Resources Society (ANSWERS)®




Alberta has an amazing new Not for Profit Society run by sex workers, for sex workers. ANSWERS was formally registered on November 25, 2020 and is an inclusive outreach organization offering services & support to all sex workers.  We advocate for better living and working conditions for sex workers across Alberta. We mentor and support individuals in financial management, personal health and safety and housing. We want to connect and partner with organizational and governmental allies to bust outdated myths and misinformation; and work toward decriminalization and destigmatization for the over 50,000 sex workers who live and work in Canada.  

During this pandemic, ANSWERS helps sex workers by offering supports, subsidized counselling and accounting services, and a respite space for sex workers.

These support services are funded by Women and Gender Equality Canada


Get Involved and Join our Volunteer Team!


Our Purposes:


We promote health by providing support services, outreach, education, knowledge and mentorship to sex workers experiencing physical, mental and emotional distress.


We relieve poverty by providing financial aid, food and basic necessities of life to sex workers in Edmonton and the surrounding area, who are experiencing significant economic hardship.


We advance education and promote health by providing resources, research and training to sex workers, law enforcement, health care workers, teachers, social workers and the public that will: create a shared understanding of the important differences between sex trafficking, sexual exploitation and sex work; eliminate the stigma, discrimination and physical, mental, social and emotional harm associated with sex work by choice and necessity; and build healthy and safe communities of practice for all sex workers.

We advocate for better quality of life, safer working conditions and decriminalization of sex work through building and actively promoting positive and collaborative relationships and alliances with the public, community organizations, law enforcement and all levels of government.


Advocacy Normalizing Sex Work through Education and Resources Society (ANSWERS)®

Edmonton, Alberta                    

Email:  (English liaison) (French Liaison)


Call/Text 825-436-9560

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