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    Fears of countrywide crackdown as police arrest over 200 sex workers in DR Congo

    Human Rights groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have criticised a controversial directive by the provincial authorities in Kinshansa that has spiked arrests and harassment of sex workers. The groups led by African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and Congolese Alliance for Human Rights Projects of Sex Work (ACODHU-TS) have called for release...

    Regional information workshop for sex workers held in Ivory Coast

       The Executive Director of Blety, Josiane Tety, during the meeting held in Abidjan.    Last week, the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO) organised a regional information workshop for associations/networks of sex workers to discuss implementation of projects targeting Key Populations. Sex worker-led organisations from countries along the corridor (Ivory Coast, Benin, Togo, Nigeria and Ghana) were represented in the meeting. The two-day workshop...

    ASWA interim caretaker team ready to start work

    The process will be led by consultants hired to guide ASWA through the transition.   An interim nine-member team has been put in place to oversee the transition of African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA). The Interim Care Taker Committee comprises of ASWA’s Executive Director, Daughtie Ogutu, and current two board co-chairs and five sex worker-led group leaders nominated by ASWA members from...

    Patrick Fotso, talks about the challenges of being in a grantmaking committee

    Recently, GrantCraft, a service of Foundation Center, interviewed Patrick Fotso, President of Alcondoms in Cameroon and who is also a member of the Red Umbrella International Steering Committee (ISC) on the challenges of grant-making. One key feature of the fund is the fact that the decision on which groups to fund is made by representatives within the community. Known as...

    One on one with Ethiopia’s NIKAT program coordinator on hopes for human rights work under new government

    Established in 2010, NIKAT Charitable, has overcome odds to become the only sex worker-led organisation in Ethiopia. The group’s work has been greatly hampered by oppressive government laws that bar organisations from getting financial support from external doors and doing advocacy on human rights. A regime change this year, has re-energised this sex worker-led group to serve its members....

    Sex workers use art to tell their stories

    One of the key aspects of the Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) is training on art and performance advocacy. This week, country teams from Kenya, The Gambia and Madagascar worked on art and performance advocacy projects. Country teams also created paintings to convey their advocacy messages. Art and performance advocacy seeks to diversify tools for advocacy. SWAA is a groundbreaking learning...

    Sex worker academy kicks off with another milestone

     Participants from Samaritans Women Association in Madagascar.     The 18th Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) has kicked off in Nairobi with 18 sex workers from Kenya, The Gambia and Madagascar. This is the first time The Gambia and Madagascar are taking part in the academy, the third this year. The SWAA is a ground-breaking learning programme for community empowerment and capacity building led...

    New campaign hopes to change attitude on sex work, gender identity and homosexuality

    Do you have a story of a friend, family member, co-worker, community leader or teacher who has come to accept you for who you are? if so, your story could make all the difference. African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), Southern African Trans Forum (SATF) and the are working with the communications...

    DR Congo: Sex worker-led groups make major step towards inclusion in Global Fund country coordination team

    Some of the leaders present during a roundtable meeting to discuss how sex worker-led groups can be included the DR Congo Global Fund team.  Sex worker-led groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they have been side lined in key programs supported by the Global Fund in their country. They say sex workers and other Key Populations have barely been...

    Message from ASWA’s Executive Director and Board Co-chairs

    ASWA Executive Director, Daughtie Ogutu and ASWA Board Co-chairs, Modeste Mambo and Beyonce Karungi have issued a joint communiqué highlighting the progress made towards resolving the current governance issues facing the organisation. In a meeting held recently at the ASWA offices in Nairobi with advice from two consultants tasked with guiding the organisation navigate through the current challenges, they also...

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    Fears of countrywide crackdown as police arrest over 200 sex workers in DR Congo

    Human Rights groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have criticised a controversial directive by the provincial authorities in Kinshansa that has spiked arrests...

    Regional information workshop for sex workers held in Ivory Coast

       The Executive Director of Blety, Josiane Tety, during the meeting held in Abidjan.    Last week, the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO) organised a regional information...

    ASWA interim caretaker team ready to start work

    The process will be led by consultants hired to guide ASWA through the transition.   An interim nine-member team has been put in place to oversee...
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