African sex worker leaders, women activists and NGOs who supported the rights of sex workers, formed ASWA in February 2009, which was first hosted by the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT) in South Africa.

Currently, we have over 85 member organisations in 23 countries with our secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya. Of these, 70 are female sex worker led, while 10 are male sex worker led, and 5 are trans-led.

ASWA seeks to create an conducive environment of partnerships that enable sex workers to address the complexities, dynamics and diversities within the sex work industry. We support:

  • Sex workers self organisation
  • Movement strengthening

We advocate and represent the voices of African sex workers while calling for the removal of structural and legal barriers to allow access to human and health rights

ASWA’s Mission and Vision

MISSION: ASWA is the Pan African alliance of sex worker-led organisations that exists to strengthen the voices, to empower and to advocate for and advance the health and human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers including those living with HIV and those who use or inject drugs through networking, movement building, and the development of partnerships

VISION: A world where sex workers are recognised in Africa, and where the health and human rights of all sex workers living and working in Africa are protected

CORE VALUES: Commitment to the rights of all sex workers, including female, male, trans*, including those living with HIV and those who use drugs; transparency and accountability to our members, professionalism, solidarity and unity, love, respect and passion equality and diversity reliability