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The second episode of ‘Neko Weyogerere,’ the bi-monthly talk show by sex workers in Uganda is out

The second episode of a radio show by Ugandan sex workers is out. The talk show highlights their work, and pass key messaging around HIV, and human rights. The show known as ‘NEKO WEYOGERERE’ (Sex workers speak out) is a bi-monthly, and seeks to give sex workers a forum where they can express themselves openly. The show features guests speaking on...

ASWA welcome participants from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA)

ASWA welcome participants from Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Kenya to the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) which started on July, 3, and end on July 7, 2017.

Despite rising hostilities in Tanzania, Clara refuses to be silenced

For the next few months, ASWA will be highlighting the work of courageous African sex workers’ rights activists across the continent. ASWA  is also building the profile of these activists doing commendable work but are often not highlighted. Most are ASWA members, while others are emerging activists.  'CLARA' Clara, as she is popularly known, talks about her life, work and activism, in...

The Red Umbrella Fund 2017 Global Call for Applications is now open!

ASWA encourages sex worker led organisations in Africa to apply for the Red Umbrella Fund grant call Is your group, organisation or network led by sex workers? Do you agree that sex work should be recognised as work? Do you contribute to building and strengthening the sex workers’ rights movement(s)? The Red Umbrella Fund gives grants to sex worker-led groups and networks that...

Sex worker organising at CFCS VI

The 6th Changing Faces, Changing Spaces (CFCS) conference is currently underway, and African sex workers are part of this important regional convening. Organised by UHAI EASHRI, this convening, held once every two years, brings together African sex workers, LGBTI activists, donors, and partners, to connect, question, promote, and increase visibility, of their organising around the continent. Now in its 6th edition,...

Finding unity in Uganda’s diverse sex workers’ movement: Profiling Shamillah Batte

For the next few months, ASWA will be highlighting the work of courageous African sex workers' rights activists across the continent. ASWA  is also building the profile of these activists doing commendable work but are often not highlighted. Most are ASWA members, while others are emerging activists. SHAMILLAH BATTE- UGANDA Batte Shamilah is the founder of Organisation for Gender Empowerment and...

March 1 is #ZeroDiscrimination Day

Every year, on March 1, the world celebrates #ZeroDiscrimination Day. The day is marked as a time to celebrate diversity, tolerance and inclusion of our diversity, and differences. The year, UNAIDS has supported health care access as one of their agenda. "From Bamako to Baltimore, the right to health belongs to all. On this #ZeroDiscrimination Day let us commit to ensuring everyone,...

ASWA Profile: Patrick Fotso – Cameroon

For the next few months, ASWA will be highlighting the work of courageous African sex workers' rights activists across the continent. ASWA is also building the profile of these activists doing commendable work but are often not highlighted. Most are ASWA members, while others are emerging activists. PATRICK FOTSO - CAMEROON Tell about yourself and how you became a sex workers rights...

Photo exhibition to tell stories of sex workers in Kenya

A new exhibition is set to be launched to tell the stories of sex workers in Nairobi and Mombasa through photos - taken by themselves. Dubbed 'Exposition: Telling Photos,' the exhibition hopes to show the lived realities of Key Populations, with a focus on sex workers. It will be run for five days from February 17-21 at the Kenya National Theater. The...

What African sex workers want

There are basically three things African 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, consensually,...

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