Hands Off! is an initiative funded by Dutch organisation Aids Fonds that aims to contribute to the reduction of violence against sex workers and reduce HIV infection as a result of violence in Southern Africa.

The programme offers a comprehensive and joined-up approach to working with sex workers, police, law enforcement and service providers in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to work on better living and working conditions for sex workers, to understand where their needs lay for law enforcement support and to work closely with police on positive attitude towards sex workers.

The Hands Off! programme uses an joined approach, working with a wide range of institutions such as sex worker-led groups, law enforcement, health and support services, legal centres and NGO’s working on human rights.

The program ensures a meaningful participation of sex workers. To develop appropriate interventions we conducted a needs assessment amongst 1700 sex workers in the region to map their needs and issues.

The Hands Off! programme is supported by the Dutch Embassy in Mozambique. The programme started in January 2015 and will end in June 2019.  We work together with 12 local partners in five countries in Southern Africa.

Countries and partners

  • Botswana
  • Sisonke
  • Namibia
  • Rights Not Rescue Trust
  • Mozambique
  • PathFinder International
  • Tiyane Vavassate
  • South Africa
  • Sisonke
  • Womens Legal Center
  • Zimbabwe
  • Sexual Rights Center
  • Regional
  • ASWA
  • COC
  • North Star Alliance