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Yves Kgube: A pioneer of sex workers movement in Togo

 A human rights activist from Togo, Yves Kgube is the founder of AmaZones Women's Association, the first sex workers organisation in the West African country. In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about his life, work and activism. How did you become involved with sex worker rights activism? What issues or people inspired you? My activism on LGBTI issues enabled...

How to apply for the Red Umbrella Fund

  With the grant application deadline approaching, the Red Umbrella Fund has published easy ways for organisations to consider while applying for funding. According to the organisation’s Programme Associate, Dennis van Wanrooij, the hints breakdown the requirements in the application process. In the past, some sex worker-led organisations have said they did not understand the process. Among the hints to the applicants is...

Call for more funding to sex worker-led organisations

Donors should increase funding to sex worker-led organisations to improve support for their work. This call comes amid reports that the global amount of grant making invested in sex worker health and rights organisations is small, and that the vast majority of financial support comes in the form of HIV prevention funding. There have been concerns that most funders have been...

Lala Maty on why she speaks for sex workers in Senegal

Lala Maty is an activist from Senegal. In this interview, she talks about her life, work and activism.   How did you become a defender of the rights of sex workers? What inspired you? For a long time, matters concerning sex workers were handled by health professionals and the government. They made all the important decisions concerning the lives of sex workers....

Scholarships to attend ICASA 2017 now available

VIDEO: Key populations at ICASA 2015: Speech by ASWA director, DaughtieOgutu; GNP+ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cKa_y7WIjA ASWA encourages sex workers, and other Key Populations to apply for the current call for scholarships to attend ICASA 2017 African sex workers and other Key Populations groups, can now apply for scholarships to attend the 19th International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), to...

The second episode of ‘Neko Weyogerere,’ the bi-monthly talk show by sex workers in Uganda is out

The second episode of a radio show by Ugandan sex workers is out. The talk show highlights their work, and pass key messaging around HIV, and human rights. The show known as ‘NEKO WEYOGERERE’ (Sex workers speak out) is a bi-monthly, and seeks to give sex workers a forum where they can express themselves openly. The show features guests speaking on...

ASWA welcome participants from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA)

ASWA welcome participants from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) which started on July, 3, and end on July 7, 2017.

Despite rising hostilities in Tanzania, Clara refuses to be silenced

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.  'CLARA' Clara, as she is popularly known, talks about her life, work and activism, in...

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,...

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