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Sex Workers Academy holds 15th graduation

Eighteen activists from different countries graduated from the Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) at a ceremony held in Nairobi on October 11, 2017. This was the 15th graduation since the inception in 2014. To date, over 200 activists have been awarded certificates of competence. The Academy brings together sex workers’ national teams from across Africa to develop organising skills, learn best...

Are you an African sex worker coming to ICASA 2017? ASWA wants to hear from you! 

Are you an African sex worker coming to ICASA 2017? ASWA wants to hear from you!  ASWA is keen to ensure meaningful participation, and visibility at the 2017 19th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) to be held in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire, from 4-9 December, 2017.  Therefore, we are keen to engage with African sex workers who will...

15th Sex Workers Academy starts in Nairobi

  Members of Nikat Charitable Association in Ethiopia, are some of the participants in the academy.   The 15 Sex Workers Academy, Africa (SWAA) has kicked off in Nairobi. Sixteen participants from three Africa countries; Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Kenya, are taking part in a one week training programme. The academy, is an African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) initiative, implemented by Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA). The Global Network...

Tele Mensah talks about overcoming brutality to build vibrant movement in Togo 

(In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about his life, work and activism). Cynthia as she is commonly known in activism circles, says she is too aware of the violence often meted on sex workers because she was once a victim seven years ago. Now, she is one of the fiercest champions of the rights of sex workers in...

Thank you message from Daughtie Ogutu –ASWA Executive Director

I sincerely would like to thank each and every one who contributed towards my eye treatment. Your kindness and generosity has really touched my heart, the amount of support to my children and I has moved me beyond measure. The calls and texts and prayers we received every day since has been overwhelming and given me the motivation and...

ASWA adds voice to global call for safe and legal abortion

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) has added its voice to the global call for access to safe and legal abortion. ASWA is among 285 organisations that have signed a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently holding its 36th session in New York, US, calling for an end to criminalisation of abortion by governments around the...

UHAI-EASHRI calls for more support to sex workers in DR Congo

More resources are needed to support and build a strong sex workers movement in DR Congo, a recent report has recommended. According to UHAI-EASHRI, an indigenous activist fund in Eastern and Central Africa, sex work organizing in the DRC has potential to be strengthened with grassroot organizing, and support from allies. In a report titled, Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex People...

Shaun Zukwelihle Bibi on why he became a sex worker and rights activist

(In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about his life, work and activism). He was abused and taken to healers to cure him of his sexuality when he was a teeager. Then, he did not know his rights, but after that he vowed to educate others. He now works as a paralegal at Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town,...

ASWA hosts HIVOS for talks on KP Reach Programme

The HIVOS Regional team that includes Blessing Madziyanike, Chivuli Ukwimi, Regis Tafadzwa with ASWA staff. On September 13, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) hosted the Hivos Regional Team at the ASWA Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. The team is in the country to conduct an On-Site Data Verification (OSDV) exercise as part of the Global Fund funded Programme, Key Populations (KP)...

Rising the Red Umbrella in Africa: The birth of African Sex Workers Alliance

; Raising Red Umbrellas in Africa, is a documentary detailing the sex work movement, and initial organising, that led to the formation of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA). ASWA is the pan African alliance of sex worker-led organisations that seeks to amplify, promote, and protect the human rights of sex workers living, and working in Africa. The documentary was made possible with...

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