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    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...

    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,...

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    Worrying increase in crackdown and arrest of sex workers in several countries in Africa

    There has been an increase in crackdown and arrest of sex workers in several countries across Africa. Several countries have launched initiatives to ‘bring back...

    Call for nominations to ASWA board

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is  seeking nominees for its board.  A nine-member ASWA board will be elected to reflect regional, gender identity...

    Sex workers in Ethiopia still chained by repressive NGO law despite ongoing political changes

    Since taking over power as Ethiopia’s Prime Minister in April this year, Abiy Ahmed, has made sweeping changes that have earned him the tag...
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