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    Thank you message from Daughtie Ogutu –ASWA Executive Director

    I sincerely would like to thank each and every one who contributed towards my eye treatment. Your kindness and generosity has really touched my heart, the amount of support to my children and I has moved me beyond measure. The calls and texts and prayers we received every day since has been overwhelming and given me the motivation and...

    ASWA adds voice to global call for safe and legal abortion

    The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) has added its voice to the global call for access to safe and legal abortion. ASWA is among 285 organisations that have signed a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council, which is currently holding its 36th session in New York, US, calling for an end to criminalisation of abortion by governments around the...

    UHAI-EASHRI calls for more support to sex workers in DR Congo

    More resources are needed to support and build a strong sex workers movement in DR Congo, a recent report has recommended. According to UHAI-EASHRI, an indigenous activist fund in Eastern and Central Africa, sex work organizing in the DRC has potential to be strengthened with grassroot organizing, and support from allies. In a report titled, Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex People...

    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...

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