West Africa

Country: Nigeria

NIGERIA SEX WORKERS ASSOCIATION (NSWA)


Nigeria Sex Workers Association (NSWA) also known as Precious Jewels is an umbrella network of 20 community based organisations of sex workers and led by sex workers. NSWA is non-governmental, non-profit making organisation focusing on health, social and human rights of sex workers. The organisation is yet to be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria.

Our Vision

To see a Nigeria where sex work is recognised as work, violence and discrimination against sex workers eliminated and the health, social and human rights of sex workers are respected and not violated.


Our Goals

  • To advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work.
  • To promote social, psychological and economic well-being of sex workers through provision of information, advocacy, education, skills and quality services.
  • To improve public health by enabling sex workers to negotiate condom use with clients and reduce the risk of infection in both groups.
  • To educate every sex worker to be able to defend their human rights.
  • To see a Nigeria where sex workers can freely express themselves and live in dignity without fear or intimidation.
  • To provide sex workers with the skills and opportunities needed to find other means of livelihood

Our Mission

To empower and strengthen the voices of sex workers, advocate for their health, social and human rights including those living with HIV and those using drugs through collaborations, networking and partnerships.

Uplift the status of sex workers through creation of awareness of their social, health and human rights, promotion of healthy living, prevention of diseases through advocacy, education, research, information, quality service delivery for improved livelihood and empowerment.


Our Objectives

  • To create awareness about risky behaviour and HIV and AIDS/STIs prevention, control, and impact mitigation.
  • To improve the sexual and reproductive health of sex workers and raise their awareness on the benefits of correct and consistent condom use.
  • To provide economic development opportunities for sex workers as a means of improving their earning power.
  • To advocate at local, national and international levels for policies and actions that furthers the human rights of sex workers.
  • To ensure that the economic & psychosocial needs of sex workers are properly addressed.
  • To facilitate opportunities for the voice of sex workers to be heard in local, national and international forums at which ideas about sex work is exchanged.
  • To create awareness about risky behaviour and HIV and AIDS/STIs prevention, control, and impact mitigation.
  • To improve the sexual and reproductive health of sex workers and raise their awareness on the benefits of correct and consistent condom use.
  • To provide economic development opportunities for sex workers as a means of improving their earning power.
  • To advocate at local, national and international levels for policies and actions that furthers the human rights of sex workers.
  • To ensure that the economic & psychosocial needs of sex workers are properly addressed.
  • To facilitate opportunities for the voice of sex workers to be heard in local, national and international forums at which ideas about sex work is exchanged.

Country: Nigeria

OHOTU DIAMOND WOMEN INITIATIVE (ODWI)

Ohotu Diamond Women Initiative (ODWI) is a non-profit, community Based Organisation established in 2011, registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the companies and Allied Matters Decree of 1990. A Board of Trustees governs ODWI while a coordinator, assisted by several staff oversees the running of the organisation.

The organisation for sex workers and run by sex workers is based in Lagos, Nigeria and it is responsible for the socio- economic wellbeing of sex workers nationally.

Our focus is in mobilising sex workers to speak on issues affecting them. We work with adult sex workers working in brothels, on the streets, from homes, migrants with base in Lagos State. We also work with brothel directors, managers, chairladies and the police.

We also partner with health workers, human rights organisations, policymakers and  local government authorities to ensure issues affecting our members are addressed.

We work to empower sex workers to conduct sex work in a professional manner that addresses their needs, their community and their clients. Work within the community is through a participatory approach wherein the community analysis their problems, design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes that address their needs in partnership with capable technical partners.

ODWI promotes the sexual & reproductive health rights of our members, ensure effective communication. We also do HIV and AIDS programming, advocacy, capacity building, research, and networking.

In summary, ODWI does the following:

  • Campaigns against criminalisation of sex work and calls for its recognition as a profession
  • Advocates for universal access to health care, HIV, SRH, legal aids
  • Advocates against violence from police and society, intimate partners and human right abuses such as coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
  • Challenges stigma and discrimination against sex workers, families and partners. It also advocates for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers

WORK DONE SO FAR

  • Training of 20 Female Sexual Workers on HIV prevention and human right supported by the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF) -2015
  • Training on human right for Most At Risk Population (MARPS) organised by UNDP on the Municipal Action plan activity for MARPS
  • International Sex Workers Right Day 2013; we did a rally and marched to meet with the Shomolu LGA Chairman. We came up with a sex workers Charter, which discuss issues of low knowledge about prevention methods, contraceptives, abortion and sexual transmitted infections
  • Advocacy to the Police to discuss on Police abuse of FSWs
  • Press release to commemorate International Sex Workers Right Day 2016
  • Ohotu was part of the research project titled: Female Sex Workers and Access to HCT and STIs Management Services in Lagos State South West Nigeria with Equitable Health Access Initiative in 2015
  • Ohotu worked with SAFEHAVEN, an American Embassy supported project, to run a HIV positive support group

We are about to launch a Population Council Clinic in Yaba. It will be a Most At Risk Population-friendly clinic.


Country: Zimbabwe 

Zimbabwe Sex Workers Alliance

MISSION

To contribute to improved human rights status of sex workers by designing and implementing innovative, evidence based and cost effective advocacy campaigns capable of influencing public policy and practice in the field of Human Rights

VISION

Creating a society in which all sex workers are able to enjoy the fundamental rights and are free from violence and discrimination in Zimbabwe

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  • To mobilise and capacitate sex workers on their health and legal rights (to know, own and advocate for their own rights)
  • To build a network of sex workers’ movement in the country and across the continent
  • To strengthen sex workers leadership through meaningful involvement at every level
  • To provide legal assistance to sex workers
  • Engagement in strategic litigation forums with stakeholders
  • Generate credible research on issues affecting sex workers that will inform them to develop their own responses

GROUP BASED ON MEMBERSHIP

ZIMSWA founded in 2014 is an umbrella body of sex workers be it male, female and transgender sex workers in the country. Any member that identify as a sex worker in Zimbabwe can be a member of ZIMSWA. The registration process is ongoing and a board of trustees has already been identified.