Opening the Doors Report- Short 2011Opening the Doors- Final Report
BC Coalition of Experiential Communities 2011
Project Background and Rationale
During the .Developing Capacity for Change Project.-coop development work shops, workers expressed how a trade association and a branding or certification process could support safer work conditions over all and stabilize the existing safer indoor venues that exist now. The development of occupational health and safety training was also seen as a way to give people entering and in the sex industry the tools to make safe decisions about their work. It was agreed that all stake holders including business owners and consumers should be engaged to contribute to the design of the future of our industry.
Currently a charter challenge is underway to bring down the laws governing sex work. This action will only be successful if as an industry we can prove adult consensual sex industry workers are making an informed decision, have access to resources, are of legal age to engage in the sex industry and that ethical sex industry business owners do exist. In the next 10 years we must agree to respect each other and treat each other with dignity. This will be an enormous task but an absolutely necessary one none the less. If we cannot demonstrate the ways in which we have traditionally maintained the stability of our industry, the system at large will most likely impose whatever laws it sees fit and we as an industry will be faced with another disaster.
With this in mind, the BCCEW/C set out to engage sex industry workers in beginning the process and determining whether or not there is industry support for such an action and what the structure of such an organization might look like.
Tips for Individuals Participating in Community Based Research
This Document was created by Sex Workers on PACE Society’s Policy Development Team and is intended for all those who have participated in research or are interested in doing so.
Our goal is to make sure individuals are informed about their rights and are able to ask the questions that would reduce personal risks and potential harm.
A Guide for Community Organizations Revised Feb. 2006
As community based research becomes more prevalent within voluntary sectors, knowledge of research principles and ethics has become essential.
There are three major reasons for this:
First, we need to ensure are treated in accordance with established ethical principles when they are asked to participate in research;
Second, to increase the quality of community based research/evaluation and thereby contribute to knowledge that will inform our service delivery and advocacy efforts;
And third, it is important that community organizations become full partners in the production of that knowledge and play a central role in its discovery.
The research enterprise is a major contributor to social policy and our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
This document aims to share our knowledge around research ethics, to empower us in our work, and to reduce the potential harms that participation in research/evaluation has had on some impoverished and/or criminalized client populations by:
Increasing organizational knowledge of research ethics and principles;
Suggesting policy development and/or amendments to existing policies to increase participant knowledge and informed consent.