African sex worker leaders, women activists and NGOs who supported the rights of sex workers, formed ASWA in February 2009, which was first hosted by the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT) in South Africa.
Currently, we have over 100 member organisations in 33 countries with our secretariat based in Nairobi, Kenya.
ASWA seeks to create an conducive environment of partnerships that enable sex workers to address the complexities, dynamics and diversities within the sex work industry. We support:
> Sex workers self organisation
> Movement strengthening
We advocate and represent the voices of African sex workers while calling for the removal of structural and legal barriers to allow access to human and health rights
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.
A world where sex work is recognized as a protected work in Africa, and where the health and human rights of all sex workers living and working in Africa are secured in an environment free of stigma and discrimination.
We are accountable to our members and to our partners, and are always professional, committed and transparent in our work.
We treat all our members equally and ensure that all our members are treated fairly and justly.
We ensure that our members have voice and agency, and they are all are able to inform and guide ASWA’s activities.
We respect all sex workers and understand respect as critical in building a strong and diverse community of African sex workers.
We are a united community of diverse sex workers living and working in Africa.
Read more at ASWA Strategic Plan 2017-2020