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Monthly Archives: December 2017

ASWA Seeks Five Qualified Sex Workers to Join Its Board

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is looking for sex workers and nationals or residents of West, and Central Africa (Anglophone and Francophone) and Southern African (Anglophone and Lusaphone) who demonstrate commitment to human rights and social justice, advocacy for sex worker communities and have knowledge on and experience in Movement building and Networking. The 5

Statement on International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December, 17, 2017 marks the 14th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For fourteen years, sex workers around the world have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers often vary from region to region, due to different laws, social

Politician Calls on Malawi to Legalise Sex Work

A Member of Parliament in Malawi, Frank Mwenifumbo, has urged the government to legalise sex work and ensure there are different support systems around it. The MP claimed a lot of people in the country rely on the sex trade. “We see young ladies and young men standing along our streets for this purpose. Why can we not legalise it?

Pushing Namibians to Talk About Something They Would Rather Not

As often is the case in countries in Africa, sex workers face gross violations of their human rights. Rachel Gawases, is forcing a country to see the humanness of sex workers. She is the executive director of the Namibian Sex Worker’s Rights Organisation, Voice of Hope Trust. How did you become involved with sex worker

ASWA Finally Gets Registered in Kenya

After several years of seeking legal status, finally, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) has been granted registration as an organisation. ASWA, the Pan African alliance of sex worker-led organisations, was formed in 2009 with an initial membership drawn from 10 African countries. Now, ASWA has a membership of over 80 sex worker-led groups from

ASWA Lights Up Community Village at ICASA 2017 in Ivory Coast

Just like is the tradition, the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is this year hosting the Sex Workers Networking Zone (SWNZ) at the International conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA). The event is being held at Sofitel Hotel Ivoire, in Abidjan. This year, ASWA is co-hosting the event with member and local organisation, Blety,

ASWA Executive Director bags Leadership Excellence Award at The 19th ICASA 2017

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) Executive Director, Daughtie Ogutu is this year’s winner of the ICASA Leadership Excellence Award. The award is given to a community activist in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the HIV and Aids response in Africa. ICASA -The International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is being held

Grant Opportunity For Women-led Sex Worker Organizations in Africa

Women-led sex workers groups in African can apply for the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) second round of grants. The grant is for eligible women-led and women’s rights groups and organisations in Africa and the Middle East. Under the Leading from the South initiative, AWDF aims to scale up its grantmaking and advocacy initiatives to

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