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    Shaun Zukwelihle Bibi on why he became a sex worker and rights activist

    (In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about his life, work and activism). He was abused and taken to healers to cure him of his sexuality when he was a teeager. Then, he did not know his rights, but after that he vowed to educate others. He now works as a paralegal at Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town,...

    ASWA hosts HIVOS for talks on KP Reach Programme

    On September 13, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) hosted the Hivos Regional Team at the ASWA Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. The team is in the country to conduct an On-Site Data Verification (OSDV) exercise as part of the Global Fund funded Programme, Key Populations (KP) REACH, a three year programme aimed at addressing high levels of HIV infections and...

    Rising the Red Umbrella in Africa: The birth of African Sex Workers Alliance

    ; Raising Red Umbrellas in Africa, is a documentary detailing the sex work movement, and initial organising, that led to the formation of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA). ASWA is the pan African alliance of sex worker-led organisations that seeks to amplify, promote, and protect the human rights of sex workers living, and working in Africa. The documentary was made possible with...

    South Africa launches first ever book for clients of sex workers

    In yet another milestone in advocacy, South Africa is set to launch the first health and safety handbook designed specifically for clients of sex workers on September 19. The purpose of the handbook, a project of Sonke Gender Justice, is to create a safe space for sex workers and their clients to discuss and agree on their business. Its content...

    Meet Kenya’s tireless advocate for access to quality health care for sex workers in Kenya

    Brandon Kimani has been an ambassador for PrEP and ensures those from the key population access quality services at a clinic run by LVCT Health where he works How did you become involved with sex worker rights activism? What issues or people inspired you? My personal experiences as a sex worker pushed me to activism. As a sex worker, I had...

    Sex work,money and the law: In South Africa the rands in your pocket could land you in jail

    Where did you get your last R100 note? Where did you spend it? Do you know the journey of where your money came from, and where it goes? Our money connects us in more ways than we think. Sometimes it connects us, but sometimes it is used against us. This is the case for sex workers in South Africa, which...

    Uwingabe Hassna is working to move mountains for sex workers in her country, Rwanda

    In this interview, the founder of Feminist Action Development Alliance (FADA), talks about life, work and activism. She has taken bold steps including reaching out to politicians as her organisation pushes towards decriminalisation of sex work How did you become involved with sex worker rights activism? What issues or people inspired you? In Rwanda, the governance structure is in such a...

    Yves Kgube: A pioneer of sex workers movement in Togo

     A human rights activist from Togo, Yves Kgube is the founder of AmaZones Women's Association, the first sex workers organisation in the West African country. In this interview, the sex worker leader talks about his life, work and activism. How did you become involved with sex worker rights activism? What issues or people inspired you? My activism on LGBTI issues enabled...

    How to apply for the Red Umbrella Fund

      With the grant application deadline approaching, the Red Umbrella Fund has published easy ways for organisations to consider while applying for funding. According to the organisation’s Programme Associate, Dennis van Wanrooij, the hints breakdown the requirements in the application process. In the past, some sex worker-led organisations have said they did not understand the process. Among the hints to the applicants is...

    Call for more funding to sex worker-led organisations

    Donors should increase funding to sex worker-led organisations to improve support for their work. This call comes amid reports that the global amount of grant making invested in sex worker health and rights organisations is small, and that the vast majority of financial support comes in the form of HIV prevention funding. There have been concerns that most funders have been...

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