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    Lived realities of sex workers in Cameroon

    Sex workers in Cameroon have raised alarm over increasing cases of arrests and harassment by police. According to Patrick Fotso, the President of Alcondoms, an advocacy organisation for sex workers and LGBT persons, more than 10 sex workers have been arrested in the last two months for what police termed as ‘loud arguments on the streets’, blackmail and routine ‘cleanup...

    ASWA Documentary to be screened at New York sex workers’ film festival

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    An extract from the documentary Raising Red Umbrellas in Africa, a documentary detailing the sex work movement, and initial organising, that led to the formation of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) will be among the films to be screened at Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance in New York. The ASWA documentary will be the only one from Africa. The day-long festival...

    Mali sex workers caught between jihadis’ and government bullets

    Continued fighting between rebels in north and central regions Mali and government troops has left sex workers and their children exposed to death and violence. The country rich in ancient history has been at war for the last six years. For centuries, its northern city of Timbuktu was a key regional trading post and center of Islamic culture. Now, it is...

    What African sex workers want

    By Denis Nzioka There are three things 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,...

    Why Bad Black stands up for trans women sex workers in Uganda

    She counts herself among the veterans in the sex workers movement in her county. This is perhaps the reason her friends named her after a famous a rich female sex worker who was not afraid of expressing herself. Those who know, Hakim Mukasa, say the moniker is befitting because she is rich in her expression and feisty in defending...

    Call for nominations to the 2018 Sex Worker Academy Africa

    This year, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) will host four Sex Worker Academies Africa (SWAA). The first academy is scheduled for March, 2018 with 18 sex workers from South Africa, Angola and Kenya expected to kick off the training. Other countries that will participate in SWAA 2018 are Liberia, Burkina Faso, Mali, Gambia, Madagascar and Seychelles. ASWA members in the six...

    ASWA trains four sub-regional leaders to work with member groups

    To strengthen capacity among its members, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) has trained four leaders of sex worker-led organisations in Africa. The four will act as sub-regional experts working with member organisations to fill their capacity gaps. The Trainers of Trainers are; Pamela Chakuvinga from Sisonke, South Africa, Daisy Nakato, founder of Wonetha in Uganda, Yves Kgube, the founder...

    A coffee date inspired Zimbabwe’s Charmaine to the frontline of activism

    One morning six years ago, Charmaine Rietumetsi Dube joined her friend at their favourite café for their usual girl talk. However, her last sip, marked the beginning of a new call that thrust her at the heart of the sex workers movement in her home town and eventually the country How and when did you become involved with sex...

    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...

    ASWA organises members convening to renew commitment to national, regional organising

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is holding a five-day workshop for national coordinators of its member organisations across Africa. The meeting, which brings together sex workers leaders and activists from 30 countries in Africa, will among other things take stock of the progress of the sex worker movement in the continent amid shrinking human rights spaces in most countries...

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    Fears of countrywide crackdown as police arrest over 200 sex workers in DR Congo

    Human Rights groups in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have criticised a controversial directive by the provincial authorities in Kinshansa that has spiked arrests...

    Regional information workshop for sex workers held in Ivory Coast

       The Executive Director of Blety, Josiane Tety, during the meeting held in Abidjan.    Last week, the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organisation (ALCO) organised a regional information...

    ASWA interim caretaker team ready to start work

    The process will be led by consultants hired to guide ASWA through the transition.   An interim nine-member team has been put in place to oversee...
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