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    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...

    Sex worker-led organisations find creative ways to combat violence against members

    Sex worker-led organisations have found creative ways to combat violence against members. Sex workers experience violence from police, authorities, health and social services, as well as state and non-state organisations. Criminalisation of sex work can provide cover for collective abuse of power, which has a detrimental effect on the reporting of violence. Sex workers also experience interpersonal violence from clients, family,...

    New security application for sex workers

    A trip and interactions with sex workers in Nairobi has inspired the development of a security application that could help save many from danger especially in Africa where cases of violence have increased. The application known as Artemis’ Umbrella, makes it possible for sex workers to alert their friends when they are in trouble. With this application, it is possible to...

    SWAA training ends with call to decriminalise sex work

    African governments should move first to decriminalise sex work to reduce stigma and discrimination that sex workers face. This is a call from the just concluded 16th Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA), that brought together 18 participants from sex worker-led organisation in South Africa, Angola and Kenya. Criminalisation of sex work continues to subject sex workers to violence and even death. This...

    He raped and then stabbed me: Refugee sex workers in Uganda recount tales of violence

    They run away from their countries to seek safety, however, they are far from safe. They have endured more violence than they ever imagined. Some have been raped by their clients, others now have disabilities and yet others are nursing various sexually transmitted diseases. This is the story of women who fled war mainly from DR Congo, Rwanda, or South...

    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...

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    ASWA gets new Executive Director

      Grace Kamau has been appointed the new Executive Director of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA). A renowned activist, Grace will be taking over...

    Open call to apply for Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA)

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is delighted to announce 2019’s call for its ground breaking Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA). This year, there will...

    Cameroon: Sex workers at crossroads as violence over language differences worsens

    Local and international human rights groups have raised concerns over ongoing and increasing gross violation of human rights of people living in the Anglophone...
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