Catherine Healy, president of the NZPC (New Zealand Prostitutes Collective), tireless advocate for sex worker rights, inspirational leader and all-around beautiful and compassionate person is now a Dame for her services to the rights of sex workers!
Though we don't expect to see her swinging a sword around anytime soon, Catherine does something more powerful: she wields her leadership with intelligence and grace. And make no mistake: it's a very big deal that the British Honours System has chosen to celebrate an advocate for New Zealand sex worker rights. Slowly but surely, people are realising: Sex work is work. Women have the right to sexual agency. Decriminalisation is the safest model for sex workers.