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Lala Maty on why she speaks for sex workers in Senegal

Lala Maty is an activist from Senegal. In this interview, she talks about her life, work and activism.   How did you become a defender of the rights of sex workers? What inspired you? For a long time, matters concerning sex workers were handled by health professionals and the government. They made all the important decisions concerning the lives of sex workers....

Scholarships to attend ICASA 2017 now available

VIDEO: Key populations at ICASA 2015: Speech by ASWA director, DaughtieOgutu; GNP+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cKa_y7WIjA ASWA encourages sex workers, and other Key Populations to apply for the current call for scholarships to attend ICASA 2017 African sex workers and other Key Populations groups, can now apply for scholarships to attend the 19th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), to...

The second episode of ‘Neko Weyogerere,’ the bi-monthly talk show by sex workers in Uganda is out

The second episode of a radio show by Ugandan sex workers is out. The talk show highlights their work, and pass key messaging around HIV, and human rights. The show known as ‘NEKO WEYOGERERE’ (Sex workers speak out) is a bi-monthly, and seeks to give sex workers a forum where they can express themselves openly. The show features guests speaking on...

ASWA welcome participants from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA)

ASWA welcome participants from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) which started on July, 3, and end on July 7, 2017.

Despite rising hostilities in Tanzania, Clara refuses to be silenced

For the next few months, ASWA will be highlighting the work of courageous African sex workers’ rights activists across the continent. ASWA  is also building the profile of these activists doing commendable work but are often not highlighted. Most are ASWA members, while others are emerging activists.  'CLARA' Clara, as she is popularly known, talks about her life, work and activism, in...

The Red Umbrella Fund 2017 Global Call for Applications is now open!

ASWA encourages sex worker led organisations in Africa to apply for the Red Umbrella Fund grant call Is your group, organisation or network led by sex workers? Do you agree that sex work should be recognised as work? Do you contribute to building and strengthening the sex workers’ rights movement(s)? The Red Umbrella Fund gives grants to sex worker-led groups and networks that...

Sex worker organising at CFCS VI

The 6th Changing Faces, Changing Spaces (CFCS) conference is currently underway, and African sex workers are part of this important regional convening. Organised by UHAI EASHRI, this convening, held once every two years, brings together African sex workers, LGBTI activists, donors, and partners, to connect, question, promote, and increase visibility, of their organising around the continent. Now in its 6th edition,...

Finding unity in Uganda’s diverse sex workers’ movement: Profiling Shamillah Batte

For the next few months, ASWA will be highlighting the work of courageous African sex workers' rights activists across the continent. ASWA  is also building the profile of these activists doing commendable work but are often not highlighted. Most are ASWA members, while others are emerging activists. SHAMILLAH BATTE- UGANDA Batte Shamilah is the founder of Organisation for Gender Empowerment and...

March 1 is #ZeroDiscrimination Day

Every year, on March 1, the world celebrates #ZeroDiscrimination Day. The day is marked as a time to celebrate diversity, tolerance and inclusion of our diversity, and differences. The year, UNAIDS has supported health care access as one of their agenda. "From Bamako to Baltimore, the right to health belongs to all. On this #ZeroDiscrimination Day let us commit to ensuring everyone,...

ASWA Profile: Patrick Fotso – Cameroon

For the next few months, ASWA will be highlighting the work of courageous African sex workers' rights activists across the continent. ASWA is also building the profile of these activists doing commendable work but are often not highlighted. Most are ASWA members, while others are emerging activists. PATRICK FOTSO - CAMEROON Tell about yourself and how you became a sex workers rights...

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Lala Maty on why she speaks for sex workers in Senegal

Lala Maty is an activist from Senegal. In this interview, she talks about her life, work and activism.   How did you become a defender of the...

Scholarships to attend ICASA 2017 now available

VIDEO: Key populations at ICASA 2015: Speech by ASWA director, DaughtieOgutu; GNP+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cKa_y7WIjA ASWA encourages sex workers, and other Key Populations to apply for the current...

The second episode of ‘Neko Weyogerere,’ the bi-monthly talk show by sex workers in...

The second episode of a radio show by Ugandan sex workers is out. The talk show highlights their work, and pass key messaging around HIV,...