Sex workers use art to tell their stories

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One of the key aspects of the Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) is training on art and performance advocacy.

This week, country teams from Kenya, The Gambia and Madagascar worked on art and performance advocacy projects. Country teams also created paintings to convey their advocacy messages. Art and performance advocacy seeks to diversify tools for advocacy.

SWAA is a groundbreaking learning programme for community empowerment and capacity building, led by and for sex workers. It delivers an effective blend of knowledge and experience.

The Academy provides sex workers with tools to advocate for and ensure that HIV and sex work-related policies, and HIV and STI prevention, treatment, care and support programming are rights-based, and designed and implemented with the meaningful participation of sex workers. At the Academy, participants acquire the skills and knowledge to influence both policy and service delivery.

The academy is presented over the course of a week, and includes workshops, site visits and art advocacy sessions. The Academy brings together national teams of sex workers from across Africa to develop organising skills, learn best practices, stimulate national sex worker movements, and strengthen the regional network.

The Academy is an African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) initiative implemented by Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA) in Nairobi, Kenya. The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) supported the concept of South-South learning and capacity building. 

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