ASWA’s is the Pan African Alliance of sex worker led groups that exists to strengthen the 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.
1.1. Our organization agrees:
• To be bound by the Constitution of the ASWA.
• To be bound by the ASWA member code of conduct, and other rules and procedures for ethical conduct, confidentiality and transparency as set out in the ASWA organizational development and operational handbook.
1.2. Sex Worker-Led Status
Organisations/groups must meet at least two of the three following criteria to qualify as sex worker-led organisations with voting rights, regardless of their self-definition:
• Decision-making body: 60% or more of the decision-making body must be sex workers (individuals who formerly or currently have engaged in sexual labour of any kind and who self-define as ‘sex workers’ - with an aspiration to include current sex workers although not an absolute requirement). If not, what is the mechanism that ensures sex workers are in control of the organisation’s activities and advocacy?
• Spokespeople: 60% or more of the spokespeople must be sex workers. If not, please indicate what transparent mechanisms are in place for ensuring the voices of sex workers are heard.
• Staff: 60% or more of the staff are sex workers and have the same contracts and working conditions as other staff in the organisation – e.g. sex workers are not only employed as peer educators on minimal pay.
Note: For both safety and security ASWA does not identify which members are sex worker-led on our website, and members can choose not to be listed on the public website.