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    Ethiopia: Sex worker group finds ways to survive tough funding rules

    The law says organisations must get 90 percent of their funding from domestic sources restricting external support. Ethiopia is considered as one of the most hostile countries for human rights groups. The country has repressive laws that severely restrict the activities of nongovernmental organisations, especially international ones. For example, the law on NGOs says that organisations must get 90 percent...

    Human trafficking complicates life for sex workers in Nigeria

    Sex workers are some of the easy targets of human traffickers in Nigeria. Poverty and collapse of law and order in Libya has made it easy for various gangs to sneak sex workers from various states of Nigeria to Europe, where various reports show they suffer gross human rights violations and abuse. Hundreds of others have died while attempting to...

    Media campaign hopes to address discrimination and violence against sex workers

    A media campaign aimed at changing and challenging societal attitude towards sex work, sexual orientation and gender identity has been launched in Southern Africa. The campaign involved sharing real-life stories of people across eight countries who are sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and how they have been accepted in the communities they live in. Dubbed as ‘Unheard Voices’, this initiative...

    Underage and legally under protected: The story of sexually exploited adolescents who sell sex in Kenya

    Sexually exploited adolescents who sell sex are more likely to have higher risk partners and less likely to use available health services compared to adult sex workers. Due to their age, sexually exploited adolescents who sell sex are biologically more vulnerable as compared to adults who sell sex thus worsening their health risks. This is according to a research by...

    ASWA is looking for a research consultant

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) seeks to recruit a research consultant to undertake an empirical study to consolidate evidence, data, and information on violence against sex workers in Africa under ASWA’s Meaningful Representation Dialogue and Advocacy (MRDA Plan) of the Key Populations Representation Evidence Advocacy for Change in Health programme (KP REACH) funded by the Global Fund to...

    Endangered: Albino sex workers in Zimbabwe living in fear

    (In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about the organisation, its work and the situation of sex work in their country.) They live and work in a country where discrimination, prejudice and violence are common for sex workers. It is worse for albino sex workers who are often abducted, trafficked and raped in the belief they are a cure...

    Why Nigeria sex workers prefer subtle but aggressive strategy on decriminalisation

    Boxed into a corner by unfair laws, sex workers in Nigeria have invested long hours of subtle diplomacy where they talk to aggressors such as law enforcers instead of protesting in the streets. They believe dialogue is the nerve of their advocacy. The leader of the country’s national movement, Amaka Enemo, explains why What does the law say on sex...

    17th Sex Worker Academy Africa hosts Liberia, Burkina Faso participants for the first time

    The 17th Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) has kicked off in Nairobi with 16 participants from three countries taking part. SWAA, which is a pioneer training programme in Africa, seeks to empower sex workers with a range of skills such as advocacy, movement building, policy and programme development and implementation through strengthening sex worker-led organisations and national networks. The Academy is...

    South Africa: Art exhibitions documenting sex worker stories underway

    Two art exhibitions are currently underway in Cape Town, documenting sex worker stories. Intersexion closes at the end of August, and I Am What I Am at the end of September. http://ow.ly/1Esl30jMSJt

    Liberian sex workers hope new government will be responsive to their rights

    As the new Liberian President George Weah settles down to work, sex workers and other Key Populations want him to do more than his predecessor Ellen Sirleaf Johnson to address human rights violations facing them. Weah’s is the second President of post-war Liberia, which was embroiled in a bloody civil war for 14 year. Sex workers also hope that unlike the...

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    Call for applications for the position of ASWA Executive Director

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is  seeking applications for the position of the Executive Director (ED). The role of  the ED  will be to...

    19th Sex Worker Academy Africa underway in Nairobi

    17 sex workers from three countries in Africa are gathering in Nairobi for the 19th Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) in Nairobi. Participants are drawn...

    African Union council dims hope for sex workers’ engagement with rights commission

      A pronouncement by the African Union Executive Council will make it impossible for sex worker-led organisation to engage the African Commission on Human and...
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