Toni Mac

Sex worker and activist

 

“Overcoming oppression, fear and shame to reach out and stand in solidarity with others, in a shared struggle that will change the world.”

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An activist with the Sex Worker Open University, Toni campaigns for better working conditions by fighting criminalisation and is involved with public education projects around issues relating to sex worker rights.

Toni is a sex worker who lives and works in London. She is an activist with the Sex Worker Open University (SWOU), a sex worker-led collective with branches in London, Leeds & Glasgow. SWOU is focussed on advocacy, campaigning, cultural events and community support for sex workers.

Through their organising, they work to support each other through stigma and isolation, demand better working conditions by fighting criminalisation and provide public education around issues relating to sex worker rights.Toni’s activist work with SWOU has included delivering workshops In universities, political lobbying and campaigning, consulting with human rights organisations (including Amnesty International), appearances on radio and TV, and taking part in public panel discussions at festivals and conferences.

She has also curated an exhibition of sex worker art, contributed to zines and a live storytelling night, facilitated skill-sharing and support spaces for fellow sex workers, and helped to organise SWOU’s Open Conference of The Advancement of Sex Worker Rights 2015.