ASWA in collaboration with Accountability International launched the Africa Regional Campaign – dubbed ‘Simama’ – aimed to raise awareness on criminalisation in Africa based on identity, sexuality, morality and bodily autonomy, and its impact on the attainment of the global commitments of ending AIDS by 2030 and the related sustainable development goals. ‘Simama’ is a Swahili word for ‘stand up/rise up.’ The campaign focused on criminalisation in adult sex work among others.
As part of ensuring the success of Simama, ASWA assumes that it is important to start by informing and highlighting the importance of challenging criminalisation and its impact on individual sex workers and their access to social justice, health and human rights. This included the development of a Decriminalisation policy brief and will continue in 2021 with the development of a simplified community guide. ASWA has also started to develop a communication strategy to support members advocating for decriminalisation.
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- ASWA joins LGBTQ+ Sex workers in Africa to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) 2022 ‘We call for an end to Phobias’
- ASWA marks 2022 Labour Day by appreciating the honorable sex workers’ labour which builds the economy and calling for an end to laws against sex work and recognition of sex work as labour
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