One of the impact of COVID-19 is that physical meeting could not be held and so the Sex Worker’s Academy, Africa (SWAA) could not be held as well due to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
ASWA brought the different regional groups together via online calls during the COVID 19 pandemic and conferencing with translators in place – Anglophone, Francophone, Lusophone – with one voice to see how best to respond to the crisis and build capacity of sex workers to respond to COVID-19. The fund that was meant to hold SWAA was therefore diverted to sub-grant 25 countries in Africa to help them respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
Activities conducted were:
- Trainings on COVID-19 preventive measures, as well as economic empowerment of sex worker’s example: trainings on making sanitizers and mouth masks.
- Virtual meetings on Universal Health Coverage, easy and equitable access to health care during the covid-19 pandemic.
- Sensitizing sex Workers on human rights, stigma &discrimination, proper use of condom and lubricant, gender based violence prevention messages.
- Holding of sensitization meetings with law enforcers and sex workers across the different countries and for the advocacy of the recognition of sex work as work
- Organizational capacity building of sex workers led organizations in the regions and Capacity building training for sex workers leaders and staff.
- Sex Workers record and document human rights violations in order to keep track and know how to deal with the issues.
- International Sex Workers’ Day
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- ASWA marks 2022 Labour Day by appreciating the honorable sex workers’ labour which builds the economy and calling for an end to laws against sex work and recognition of sex work as labour
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