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Eswatini: Voice of Our Voices

                            Outline the history of your organization. How and why was your organization formed? Voice of Our Voices was formed in 2017 by 56 sex workers who come from the four regions of Eswatini, who had faced challenges including access to health services, human rights violation from members of the public, clients and uniform forces

UN Women Executive Director fuels stigma by calling sex work the most desperate job

ASWA expresses  solidarity with our member in South Africa  Sisonke, the national movement of sex workers to condemn the sentiments conveyed by United Nations Executive Director Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka saying ‘’we do not think that this is something that most women do out of the love for this job, this is the most desperate job

The upsurge of sex workers violence in Africa.

The African sex workers leadership led by Grace ASWA regional coordinator, Phelister Abdalla Vice President and member of NSWP board of directors -Global Network of sex work projects and also KESWA’s national coordinator and Peninah Mwangi, executive director of the Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme in Kenya had an interview with Thomson Reuters Foundation


DR CONGO SHADOW REPORT TO CEDAW UMANDE and ACODHU‐TS  jointly prepared  the shadow report to the committee on the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW) regarding female Sex Workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The shadow report highlights  that Female sex workers  in the Democratic Republic of Congo are victims of systematic violence that

#COVID19: @AfricaSexWork safety tips for sex workers.

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus.

Seychelles sex workers attend SWAA for the first time

The second Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) this year kicks off today with 18 participants from Seychelles, Malawi and Kenya attending. This is the 21st edition since the inception of the innovative Academy in 2014 that has greatly led to building of a vibrant sex worker-led movement in Africa.   A notable aspect of this

Alarm over rising cases of rape of sex workers by police in DR Congo

Sex worker-led groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo have raised concerns rampant rape of sex workers by police and military officers. The Congolese Alliance for Human Rights (ACODHU-TS) and UMANDE, which are both sex worker-led collectives say the violence has been on the rise since 2018 when the government launched an operation called Ujana to apparently ‘rid the country of

Kenyan group, HOYMAS, wins global grant award

Kenya’s male sex worker-led group, HOYMAS (Health Options for Young Men on HIV/AIDS & STI) is one of the recipients of this year’s VIIV Healthcare Positive Action Challenge on Sex, Work, Life and HIV: Stigma-Free Services for Sex Workers. The award presented during this year’s International Aids Society(IAS) Mexico 2019 conference was given to Hoymas

Every sex worker has a story to tell about violence

All over the world, sex workers experience high rates of violence. Even where there are high rates of violence against women, sex workers experience a higher burden The majority of sex workers have experienced violence in their lives, and the majority have experienced more than one violation. Indeed, many research studies have concluded that violence

Rare Moment as Tanzanian Leader Calls for Recognition of Sex Work

The chairman of one of the administrative regions in Tanzania, Simon Tyosela, has called for recognition of sex work as work. During a meeting to discuss the region’s 2019-2020 budget this month, Tyosela asked fellow leaders to consider sex work as a business that could generate income for the regional government. He proposed that there

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