The African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA) is a Pan African Alliance of sex worker led groups that exist to strengthen their voices, to empower and to advocate for and advance the health and human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers including those living with HIV and using drugs through networking, movement building and development of partnerships. ASWA was formed in February2009 with an initial membership drawn from 10 African countries. ASWA is a growing alliance of sex workers and sex worker partners seeking to contribute to social and economic justice for sex workers in Africa. Its vision is an empowered sex work industry where sex workers have equal access to human rights, social justice and health care in a dignified manner. Through this organizing ASWA presently has 134 members from 34African countries.


ASWA’s membership includes sex worker led organisations and networks from across the African continent. ASWA works through regional structures that allows it to reach to sex worker organising in Francophone and Lusophone regions of the African continent. ASWA has a governing body comprising of sex worker leaders from across the continent. ASWA is a sex worker-led organisation with six of the seven board members being women representing four regions of the African continent. Additionally, ASWA has a secretariat located in Nairobi, Kenya comprising of a management team focusing on finance, policy, communication and is also a sex worker led.

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