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    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...

    Photo exhibition to tell stories of sex workers in Kenya

    A new exhibition is set to be launched to tell the stories of sex workers in Nairobi and Mombasa through photos - taken by themselves. Dubbed 'Exposition: Telling Photos,' the exhibition hopes to show the lived realities of Key Populations, with a focus on sex workers. It will be run for five days from February 17-21 at the Kenya National Theater. The...

    What African sex workers want

    There are basically three things African sex workers desire, and hope for Rather than looking at the ethical, religious or personal stances on sex work, it is important to first acknowledge that sex work has borne the brunt of a highly stigmatising society, and one whose sexual conservativeness has often clouded, and looked in aghast as those who freely, consensually,...

    New Uganda Fund to focus on SRHR, key populations

    A new Fund has been launched in Uganda that will focus on key populations. The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) “Umbrella Fund” was launched on February 1 in Uganda. It will run until 2020. Specifically, the "Umbrella Fund," seeks to fund sexual and reproductive health and rights for community based organisations in Uganda. Target communities of the Fund include children...

    ASWA mourns Omary Zullu (1987-2017)

    RIP+ Omary Joseph Zullu (1987-2017). ASWA is joining the Tanzania sex workers' community in mourning the sudden death of Omary Joseph Zullu, a sex workers' rights activist. The late Omary was the M&E Officer for KBH Sisters, a sex worker led organisation in Tanzania. KBH Sisters are also members of ASWA. According to Habiba Hashim of KBH Sisters, Omary suddenly fell in on...

    Call for ASWA Advisory Committee Members

    Call for ASWA Advisory Committee Members ASWA is the Pan-African alliance of sex worker-led groups that amplifies the voices of sex workers as well as advocates for the health and human rights of the diverse community of sex workers working and living in Africa. It was formed in 2009 and is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. ASWA as a membership based...

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    Open call to apply for Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA)

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is delighted to announce 2019’s call for its ground breaking Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA). This year, there will...

    Cameroon: Sex workers at crossroads as violence over language differences worsens

    Local and international human rights groups have raised concerns over ongoing and increasing gross violation of human rights of people living in the Anglophone...

    Re-advertisement: Call for nominations to ASWA board

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is  seeking nominees for its board.  A nine-member ASWA board will be elected to reflect regional, gender identity...
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