The Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP) have announced the election of Gregory Brighton Kata, as one of the African representative to their Board.
NSWP exists to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights of female, male, and transgender sex workers. ASWA is part of this global network.
Reacting to his election by NSWP African member organisations, Kata told ASWA that his election will be crucial in ensuring the voices of African sex workers are heard at such a global platform.
Mr Kata joins Aime Furaha, from the Democratic Republic of Congo, as one half of the African representative to NSWP.
‘As the new NSWP Board member who has joined Aimée Furaha, it means I will work fully to represent all sex workers all over the region,’ he said.
He added: ‘I am also looking forward to also work closely with other board members in ensuring that we fully represent sex workers meaningfully.’
Kata, from Pow Wow, which is a Zimbabwe sex worker led organisation, is a male sex worker activist in his country. Pow Wow is one of the co-founding member organisations of the Zimbabwe Sex Workers Alliance (ZIMSWA).
ZIMSWA was formed after Zimbabwean sex workers attended one of the editions of the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA).
‘As a male sex worker, this means I am to fully represent male sex workers the way they expect me to in the region, and also get to work closely with them, and fully represent their issues and more importantly, cross learn from other counterparts,’ Kata told ASWA.
Kata replaces Kenya sex worker activist, John Mathenge Mukaburu, who serves as the Director of HOYMAS and who served in the NSWP Board in the past few years.