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    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...

    Politician calls on Malawi to legalise sex work

    A Member of Parliament in Malawi, Frank Mwenifumbo, has urged the government to legalise sex work and ensure there are different support systems around it. The MP claimed a lot of people in the country rely on the sex trade. “We see young ladies and young men standing along our streets for this purpose. Why can we not legalise it? We are in denial...

    ASWA finally gets registered in Kenya

    After several years of seeking legal status, finally, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) has been granted registration as an organisation. ASWA, the Pan African alliance of sex worker-led organisations, was formed in 2009 with an initial membership drawn from 10 African countries. Now, ASWA has a membership of over 80 sex worker-led groups from 32 African countries.

    ASWA Executive Director bags Leadership Excellence Award at the 19th ICASA 2017

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) Executive Director, Daughtie Ogutu is this year’s winner of the ICASA Leadership Excellence Award. The award is given to a community activist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the HIV and Aids response in Africa. ICASA -The International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is being held in Abidjan, Ivory Coast 4th...

    ASWA lights up Community Village at ICASA 2017 in Ivory Coast

    Just like is the tradition, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is this year hosting the Sex Workers Networking Zone (SWNZ) at the International conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). The event is being held at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, in Abidjan. This year, ASWA is co-hosting the event with member and local organisation, Blety, which is a sex workers...

    Grant opportunity for women-led sex worker organisations in Africa

    Women-led sex workers groups in African can apply for the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) second round of grants. The grant is for eligible women-led and women’s rights groups and organisations in Africa and the Middle East. Under the Leading from the South initiative, AWDF aims to scale up its grantmaking and advocacy initiatives to promote women’s rights, amplify their...

    Zimbabwe’s Supreme Court gives nod to sex workers’ march

    The Supreme Court of Zimbabwe has quashed the decision by the country’s High Court barring the Sexual Rights Centre (SRC) in Bulawayo from holding a peaceful demonstration to highlight the gross violations sex workers face. In December 2015, the Police Commissioner of Bulawayo refused to grant a permit to the organisation to hold a march to observe the International Day...

    Soft spoken, but a fierce advocate for the rights of sex workers in South Africa

    Lloyd Rugara migrated from Zimbabwe to South Africa in search of a better life for himself. However, his personal experiences and those of sex workers he interacted with pushed him into the forefront of activism. Rugara counts himself among dozens of relentless and tireless voices of the community How did you get involved with sex worker rights activism? What...

    UN Trust Fund launches annual global call for proposals

    The United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 21st grant cycle (2017). Civil society organisations are invited to submit grant proposals for a minimum of US$50,000 up to a maximum of US$1 million for a period of three years. Proposals are invited under the following three programmatic areas: (1) Improving access for women...

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    One on one with Ethiopia’s NIKAT program coordinator on hopes for human rights work...

    Established in 2010, NIKAT Charitable, has overcome odds to become the only sex worker-led organisation in Ethiopia. The group’s work has been greatly hampered...

    Sex workers use art to tell their stories

    One of the key aspects of the Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) is training on art and performance advocacy. This week, country teams from Kenya,...

    Sex worker academy kicks off with another milestone

     Participants from Samaritans Women Association in Madagascar.     The 18th Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) has kicked off in Nairobi with 18 sex workers from Kenya,...
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