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Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court gives nod to sex workers’ march

The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has quashed the decision by the country’s High Court barring the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo from holding a peaceful demonstration to highlight the gross violations sex workers face. In December 2015, the Police Commissioner of Bulawayo refused to grant a permit to the organisation to hold a march to observe the International Day...

Soft spoken, but a fierce advocate for the rights of sex workers in South Africa

Lloyd Rugara migrated from Zimbabwe to South Africa in search of a better life for himself. However, his personal experiences and those of sex workers he interacted with pushed him into the forefront of activism. Rugara counts himself among dozens of relentless and tireless voices of the community How did you get involved with sex worker rights activism? What...

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...

UN Trust Fund launches annual global call for proposals

The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 21st grant cycle (2017). Civil society organisations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of three years. Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas: (1) Improving access for women...

Registration for ICASA Key Populations pre conference extended

The African Key Populations Network is pleased to announce a call for registration for participation in its Key Populations Pre-Conference at the International AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. The Pre-Conference at this year's ICASA focuses on Young KPs and is dubbed: ‘Onto the African Map: Youth Key Populations and HIV.’ Goals The YKPs Pre-Conference sets...

Call for nominations for Fast Forward Award

Aidsfonds has announced a call for nominations for the Fast Forward Award. The winner will be presented on stage at ICASA 2017. They will also be funded to travel to AIDS2018, and have a chance to win the 2018 Fast Forward Award. Eligibility: Organisations must be an Aidsfonds/RCNF partner (Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund) that receives funding from Aidsfonds,...

Here is a chance for sex workers to showcase their creativity, talent

Hivos is seeking concept notes from artistic collectives, creative hubs and groups of content creators working on creative and cultural content production in East Africa. The funding support is geared towards supporting independent content production as a way of contributing to more independent, self-sufficient initiatives that reach larger audiences. This open call is directed at initiatives currently based in Kenya,...

Donors urged to prioritise safety and security programmes for KP-led organisations

Donors supporting programmes and projects by sex worker-led organisations and other Key Populations in Africa should urgently include safety and security in their thematic funding areas to address disruption of HIV programming, which is on the rise in the continent. This call was made at a recent joint workshop in Nairobi hosted by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the LINKAGES...

The Commonwealth Foundation call for proposals

  Sex worker led-organisations can now apply for grants from the Commonwealth Foundation, an international organisation established by Heads of Government. The main objective of the grant is to support projects that strengthen organisations so that they can hold government to account, be more involved in policy making process and shape public discourse on key issues affecting their communities. The Foundation also...

17 years as a sex worker activist and still counting

(In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about their life, work and activism.)  Imaobong Abraham Udoh is perhaps one of the most seasoned sex worker activists in Nigeria having been in the movement for the last 17 years. Pat Abraham, as she is fondly known, is the coordinator Of Ohotu Diamond Women Initiative, an organisation for sex workers.   How and...

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