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    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...

    Sex workers condemn rape of mothers in Kenya’s biggest referral hospital

    Hundreds of sex workers in Kenya joined other activists on Wednesday to protest the poor state of health services at the Kenyatta National Hospital, which is the biggest referral health facility in East Africa. The march held in Nairobi was precipitated by weeks of gruesome testimonies from lactating mothers sexually violated within the hospital allegedly by morgue attendants and male...

    Kenya sex workers end 2017 with key success

      The country’s movement made its voice heard for the first time at the United Nation’s Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva When they count their milestones in 2017, the Kenya sex worker movement will cite drawing global attention to their plight as a historic achievement. This was achieved through a Shadow Report to the United Nation’s Committee...

    Guide for sex workers looking to attend International AIDS Conference 2018 in Amsterdam

    The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS2018) will be hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 23-27 July 2018. The theme of AIDS 2018 is “Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges”, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations, especially in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the Middle Eastern North Africa region where epidemics are growing. If you want to attend...

    ASWA seeks five qualified sex workers to join its board

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is looking for sex workers and nationals or residents of West, and Central Africa (Anglophone and Francophone) and Southern African (Anglophone and Lusaphone) who demonstrate commitment to human rights and social justice, advocacy for sex worker communities and have knowledge on and experience in Movement building and Networking. The 5 sex workers will join...

    Statement on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

    December, 17, 2017 marks the 14th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For fourteen years, sex workers around the world have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social and cultural contexts, but one...

    Pushing Namibians talk about something they would rather not

    As often is the case in countries in Africa, sex workers face gross violations of their human rights. Rachel Gawases, is forcing a country to see the humanness of sex workers. She is the executive director of the Namibian Sex Worker’s Rights Organisation, Voice of Hope Trust. How did you become involved with sex worker rights activism? What issues...

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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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