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    ASWA trains sex workers to advance advocacy to African Commission

    Sex worker-led groups in Africa will take the campaign for decriminalisation and other human right concerns to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This resolve comes after a second training by the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) last week on how to engage with regional and international human rights mechanisms. Sex workers say they lack capacity to engage...

    ASWA salutes former board member, Allan Maleche, for winning Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award

    We, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) wish to convey our congratulatory message to our former board member, Mr Allan Achesa Maleche, for winning the prestigious Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award at the recently concluded International AIDS Conference (AIDS2018) in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Read the full statement here: ASWA congratulates Allan Maleche.

    Sex workers hope new Ethiopia PM’s reform agenda includes review of oppressive NGO law

    Since taking power four months ago, Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has been branded a ‘reformist’, a tag that has resonated well with his supporters. Abiy has acted swiftly to clean the blot on the country’s human rights record by past regimes that have been accused of gross violations including torture and extrajudicial killing of political dissidents. So far, he...

    ASWA at this year’s AIDS Conference in Amsterdam

    ASWA Executive Director Daughtie Ogutu during one of the sessions at the Global Sex Work Networking Zone on Monday at the ongoing AIDS conference in Amsterdam.   The largest global gathering on HIV and AIDS returns to Amsterdam is underway in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is among hundreds of civil society organisations represented in the biennial conference is organised by...

    Uganda: Sex workers call for swift action on rising cases of women murders

    Sex workers have raised alarm over the rising cases of murder and kidnapping of women in Uganda. In over one-year, more than 30 women have been brutally killed. According to Uganda Network for Sex Worker Organisations (UNESO), in 2017, 28 women were brutally murdered and an additional 10 have at least been killed this year. Several of these women were...

    Cameroon: Alarm over high mental health problems among FWS and MSM

    Researchers have raised a red flag over the state of mental health among Female Sex Workers (FWS) and Men who have sex with Men (MSM) in Cameroon. The situation is particularly grave for FWS also facing the highest HIV infection burden in the Central African country. The survey carried out in five regions of Cameroon shows that out of the total...

    Ethiopia: Sex worker group finds ways to survive tough funding rules

    The law says organisations must get 90 percent of their funding from domestic sources restricting external support. Ethiopia is considered as one of the most hostile countries for human rights groups. The country has repressive laws that severely restrict the activities of nongovernmental organisations, especially international ones. For example, the law on NGOs says that organisations must get 90 percent...

    Human trafficking complicates life for sex workers in Nigeria

    Sex workers are some of the easy targets of human traffickers in Nigeria. Poverty and collapse of law and order in Libya has made it easy for various gangs to sneak sex workers from various states of Nigeria to Europe, where various reports show they suffer gross human rights violations and abuse. Hundreds of others have died while attempting to...

    Media campaign hopes to address discrimination and violence against sex workers

    A media campaign aimed at changing and challenging societal attitude towards sex work, sexual orientation and gender identity has been launched in Southern Africa. The campaign involved sharing real-life stories of people across eight countries who are sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and how they have been accepted in the communities they live in. Dubbed as ‘Unheard Voices’, this initiative...

    Underage and legally under protected: The story of sexually exploited adolescents who sell sex in Kenya

    Sexually exploited adolescents who sell sex are more likely to have higher risk partners and less likely to use available health services compared to adult sex workers. Due to their age, sexually exploited adolescents who sell sex are biologically more vulnerable as compared to adults who sell sex thus worsening their health risks. This is according to a research by...

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    ASWA trains sex workers to advance advocacy to African Commission

    Sex worker-led groups in Africa will take the campaign for decriminalisation and other human right concerns to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’...

    ASWA salutes former board member, Allan Maleche, for winning Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award

    We, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) wish to convey our congratulatory message to our former board member, Mr Allan Achesa Maleche, for winning...

    Sex workers hope new Ethiopia PM’s reform agenda includes review of oppressive NGO law

    Since taking power four months ago, Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, has been branded a ‘reformist’, a tag that has resonated well with...
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