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Katie Ward

Katie Ward

Red Umbrella Run


Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00


Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[lt]h2[gt]Update, Monday 25 April [lt]/h2[gt][p]I finished and have a shiny medal to prove it! This donations page will stay open til end of June. K x[/p][p]-------------------------------[/p][lt]h2[gt]Hello Kind Reader,[lt]/h2[gt][p]Thank you for visiting. My name is Katie Ward; I’m a writer, I have a cat and I drink Earl Grey tea. On Sunday 24 April 2016, I will attempt my first marathon.[/p][p]I'm running the London Marathon to fundraise for Amnesty International (UK) - the grassroots NGO standing up for human rights everywhere.[/p][p]And if I can, I will do so carrying a red umbrella - the international awareness-raising symbol of violence and stigma faced by sex workers.[/p][p][/p][lt]h2[gt][b]Your Donation[/b][lt]/h2[gt][p]If you choose to donate, that will be extremely lovely of you. I’m in the London Marathon by ballot which means your entire donation will go to Amnesty. You’ll be supporting Amnesty’s work to protect people from human rights abuses. Your donation will help make the world a safer, more just, more compassionate place. Any donation is gratefully received. Info on Amnesty’s amazing work [url=https://www.amnesty.org.uk/]here[/url].[/p][p]Don’t forget you can Gift Aid if you’re a UK tax payer which means more money is added to your donation at no extra cost to you.[/p][p][/p][lt]h2[gt][b][span=color: #000000;]Red Umbrella[/span][/b][lt]/h2[gt][p]The red umbrella is a message of support to sex workers and I’ve chosen one with butterflies so transgender sex workers know I include them too.[/p][p]I live in Ipswich and in December 2016, it will be ten years since the murders of Tania Nicol (19), Gemma Adams (25), Anneli Alderton (24), Annette Nicholls (29) and Paula Clennell (24). Like other residents at the time, I was shocked and saddened by these events. I still am.[/p][p]Much work is needed to raise awareness of the dangers faced by sex workers, to promote their safety and wellbeing, to take a mature, modern approach in how the law and agencies interact with people involved.[/p][p]My personal view is that decriminalising [i]consensual[/i] sex work would make sex workers safer by reducing the risk of violence; it would make access to healthcare easier; create better working conditions; and help to end stigma. Decriminalising what consenting adults do in private would empower authorities to intervene fully where violence, rape and trafficking occurs – to help survivors and hold perpetrators to account.[/p][p]‘Prostitution’ is a complex subject, but consent is simple and elegant; it should be the basis for all policies and interactions concerning sex work. Plus, I’m a huge fan of evidence-led research and being on the right side of history.[/p][p]With thanks and best wishes from a grateful writer and runner,[/p][p][/p][p]Katie Ward[/p][p]x[/p][p][/p][p][url=http://www.katieward.co.uk/]www.katieward.co.uk[/url], [url=https://twitter.com/katiewardwriter]@katiewardwriter[/url], [url=https://www.facebook.com/katiewardwriter]Facebook[/url][/p][p]Amnesty Policy to Protect Human Rights of Sex Workers [url=https://www.amnesty.org.uk/policy-protect-human-rights-sex-workers-qa#.VoBa8TYrHOZ]Q and A[/url][/p][p][/p][p]P.S. Note to sex workers: nothing about you, without you. Before starting this project, I requested feedback from [url=http://prostitutescollective.net/]English Collective of Prostitutes[/url]; [url=http://www.nswp.org/]Global Network of Sex Work Projects[/url]; [url=http://www.sexworkeropenuniversity.com/]Sex Worker Open University[/url]; [url=http://www.sexworkeurope.org/]ICRSE[/url]; [url=http://www.scot-pep.org.uk/]SCOT-PEP[/url] and others, including female, male and trans sex workers. All the answers I received were in favour and I’m extremely grateful to everyone for their comments and support. Huge love and thanks to [url=https://twitter.com/juniperfitz]Juniper Fitzgerald[/url].[/p][p]P.P.S. I'm not alone in supporting decriminalisation. [url=http://www.unaids.org/en/]UNAIDS[/url], [url=http://www.who.int/en/]WHO[/url], [url=http://www.thelancet.com/]The Lancet[/url], [url=https://www.hrw.org/]Human Rights Watch[/url], the [url=http://www.gaatw.org/]Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women[/url], and [url=https://www.amnesty.org/en/]Amnesty International[/url] all agree: decriminalisation saves lives and prioritises health. Crucially, sex workers themselves say this is what’s needed. If you agree too, you can sign the [url=http://www.pledgedecrim.com/]PledgeDecrim[/url] petition which includes a [url=http://www.pledgedecrim.com/#!fact-and-fiction/c9ik]Prostitution: Fact and Fiction[/url] resource.[/p]

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Jun 4, 2016

Offline fundraising


Jun 1, 2016

Colin Ward, Taunton

Well done, Kate. You deserve much praise for your thought and considerable physical energy you have put into this yworth cause. My very best wishes for your future.


Apr 30, 2016

Pauline & Neil

Well done!!!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 28, 2016

Peter Rowe

A getting round bonus to help get you across the donations line too. Cool runnings!


plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2016

Jilly Newstead

Very well done, Katie


Apr 26, 2016

Manny Mantel

Well done Katie :-)


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2016

Dominic Newbould

Great achievement for great causes - Brava!


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2016

Julie Kenny

Well done Katie


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Apr 26, 2016


Well done, now you can breathe!!!!!

Apr 24, 2016


You did it!


plus £4.00 Gift Aid

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