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Why Bad Black stands up for trans women sex workers in Uganda

She counts herself among the veterans in the sex workers movement in her county. This is perhaps the reason her friends named her after a famous a rich female sex worker who was not afraid of expressing herself. Those who know, Hakim Mukasa, say the moniker is befitting because she is rich in her expression and feisty in defending...

ASWA is hiring

ASWA is looking to employ a Finance and Operations assistant to join its growing staff. About ASWA ASWA is the Pan-African alliance of sex worker-led groups that amplifies the voices of sex workers as well as advocates for the health and human rights of the diverse community of sex workers working and living in Africa. ASWA exists to strengthen...

Call for nominations to the 2018 Sex Worker Academy Africa

This year, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) will host four Sex Worker Academies Africa (SWAA). The first academy is scheduled for March, 2018 with 18 sex workers from South Africa, Angola and Kenya expected to kick off the training. Other countries that will participate in SWAA 2018 are Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Gambia, Mauritius and Seychelles. ASWA members in the six...

ASWA trains four sub-regional leaders to work with member groups

To strengthen capacity among its members, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) has trained four leaders of sex worker-led organisations in Africa. The four will act as sub-regional experts working with member organisations to fill their capacity gaps. The Trainers of Trainers are; Pamela Chakuvinga from Sisonke, South Africa, Daisy Nakato, founder of Wonetha in Uganda, Yves Kgube, the founder...

A coffee date inspired Zimbabwe’s Charmaine to the frontline of activism

One morning six years ago, Charmaine Rietumetsi Dube joined her friend at their favourite café for their usual girl talk. However, her last sip, marked the beginning of a new call that thrust her at the heart of the sex workers movement in her home town and eventually the country How and when did you become involved with sex...

Tele Mensah talks about overcoming brutality to build vibrant movement in Togo

(In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about his life, work and activism). Cynthia as she is commonly known in activism circles, says she is too aware of the violence often meted on sex workers because she was once a victim seven years ago. Now, she is one of the fiercest champions of the rights of sex workers in...

ASWA organises members convening to renew commitment to national, regional organising

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is holding a five-day workshop for national coordinators of its member organisations across Africa. The meeting, which brings together sex workers leaders and activists from 30 countries in Africa, will among other things take stock of the progress of the sex worker movement in the continent amid shrinking human rights spaces in most countries...

Sex workers condemn rape of mothers in Kenya’s biggest referral hospital

Hundreds of sex workers in Kenya joined other activists on Wednesday to protest the poor state of health services at the Kenyatta National Hospital, which is the biggest referral health facility in East Africa. The march held in Nairobi was precipitated by weeks of gruesome testimonies from lactating mothers sexually violated within the hospital allegedly by morgue attendants and male...

Kenya sex workers end 2017 with key success

  The country’s movement made its voice heard for the first time at the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva When they count their milestones in 2017, the Kenya sex worker movement will cite drawing global attention to their plight as a historic achievement. This was achieved through a Shadow Report to the United Nation’s Committee...

Guide for sex workers looking to attend International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam

The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS2018) will be hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23-27 July 2018. The theme of AIDS 2018 is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle Eastern North Africa region where epidemics are growing. If you want to attend...

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Why Bad Black stands up for trans women sex workers in Uganda

She counts herself among the veterans in the sex workers movement in her county. This is perhaps the reason her friends named her after...

ASWA is hiring

ASWA is looking to employ a Finance and Operations assistant to join its growing staff. About ASWA ASWA is the Pan-African alliance of sex...

Call for nominations to the 2018 Sex Worker Academy Africa

This year, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) will host four Sex Worker Academies Africa (SWAA). The first academy is scheduled for March, 2018 with...