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    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,...

    New Uganda Fund to focus on SRHR, key populations

    A new Fund has been launched in Uganda that will focus on key populations. The Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) “Umbrella Fund” was launched on February 1 in Uganda. It will run until 2020. Specifically, the "Umbrella Fund," seeks to fund sexual and reproductive health and rights for community based organisations in Uganda. Target communities of the Fund include children...

    ASWA mourns Omary Zullu (1987-2017)

    RIP+ Omary Joseph Zullu (1987-2017). ASWA is joining the Tanzania sex workers' community in mourning the sudden death of Omary Joseph Zullu, a sex workers' rights activist. The late Omary was the M&E Officer for KBH Sisters, a sex worker led organisation in Tanzania. KBH Sisters are also members of ASWA. According to Habiba Hashim of KBH Sisters, Omary suddenly fell in on...

    Call for ASWA Advisory Committee Members

    Call for ASWA Advisory Committee Members ASWA is the Pan-African alliance of sex worker-led groups that amplifies the voices of sex workers as well as advocates for the health and human rights of the diverse community of sex workers working and living in Africa. It was formed in 2009 and is currently based in Nairobi, Kenya. ASWA as a membership based...

    African sex workers join Women’s March

    Sex workers drawn from Kenya, and South Africa, joined the recently held Women's March that was marked globally on January 21, 2017. The Women's March was a worldwide protest in support of women's rights and other causes including immigration reform, health care reform, protection of the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial justice, freedom of religion, and workers' rights. Taking advantage of the march,...

    NSWP Board gets new African representative

    The Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP) have announced the election of Gregory Brighton Kata, as one of the African representative to their Board. NSWP exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and transgender sex workers. ASWA is part of this global network. Reacting to his election...

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