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    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...

    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...

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    One on one with Ethiopia’s NIKAT program coordinator on hopes for human rights work...

    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...

    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,...

    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,...
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