At the moment, ASWA is undergoing transition and the process is being led by an Interim Caretaker Committee. The process is being led by consultants hired to guide ASWA through the transition.
An interim nine-member team was put in place in November 2018 to oversee the transition of African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA).
The Interim Care Taker Committee comprises of ASWA’s Executive Director, Daughtie Ogutu, and currently two board co-chairs and five sex worker-led group leaders nominated by ASWA members from each of the African region (Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa).
The ICC team will help put in place a formal governance structure, pursue an appropriate registration regime, support board, and leadership transitions and come up with a current funding status report to help develop a fundraising plan to make ASWA fit for purpose and enable the organisation to serve its constituency better as a regional sex worker organization.
The overall process is being overseen by consultants. The team is set to meet this month to set timelines for delivering on its mandate for the next six months.
Meet the team.
Mambo is human rights defender and activist and epidemiologist, co-founder of HODSAS (Man for Rights and Sexual Health), initiative of men, women and transgender in a context of survival sex, started at the city of Bukavu / South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 2010, in response to the promotion of health and protection against this community.
A graduate of Political Science from Delta State University, Amaka is the national coordinator of Nigeria Sex Workers Association (NSWA) and also the Executive Director of Passion and Concern for Women Welfare and Empowerment Initiative (PACOWWEI), a female sex worker community based organisation based in Abuja. I am also the national chairperson of Key Affected Population secretariat.
Hassna Uwingabe Murenzi is the Executive Director and a founding member of Feminist Action Development Alliance (FADA), a sex worker and LGBT led organisation in Rwanda.
Hassna has been a part of the Rwandan Sex Work and LGBT movement for the last 10 years.
Kholi Buthelezi has been a feminist activist since 2002. She is the National Coordinator of SISONKE national movement currently based and fiscally hosted at SWEAT. Sisonke was established in 2003 with Kholi as a founding member, and is a sex work led movement.
An activist leader and Senegalese sex worker. I have worked HIV programming and response since 1995. I started as a peer mentor, a peer educator for a sex worker’s organisation called AWA. Currently, I run an organisation of sex workers called And Soppeku. It was started in 2008 and was legally registered in 2009.
She is the alternate representative of Key Affected Population on the Global Fund Uganda Country Coordinating Mechanism, a Board Assistant Treasurer at Most at Risk Populations Network and Community Advisory Board Assistant Chairperson for Key and Priority Populations of BAYLOR Uganda.