TASWA – Tanzania

Project Info

Project Description

Tanzania Sex Worker Alliance (TASWA) is a Non-Governmental organization led by sex workers. It was started in 2015 to serve female, male and transgender sex workers in Tanzania and to amplify their voice in advocating for their rights.

Founders of TASWA

TASWA was founded by 5 Tanzanian sex worker organizations which are: Tanzania Community Empowerment Foundation (TACEF), Warembo Forum, Kazi Busara na Hekima (KBH Sisters), Totoz Sisters and House Of the Empowerment in Tanzania (HEAT).


Our mission is to contribute to improved human rights of all sex workers by designing and implementing evidence-based advocacy campaigns capable of influencing public policy and practice in the field of human rights


To see a society in which all sex workers are able to enjoy the fundamental rights and are free from violence.


To create an enabling environment for sex workers to access justice and protecting them against human rights violations and reduce the HIV vulnerability


Making human rights a reality in response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Tanzania.

Our specific objectives

To strengthen and scale-up a coordinated sex workers community response on health and human rights to maximize civil society impact on national HIV programming.

To increase accountability for health and human rights literacy among all stakeholders in the national HIV response

Geographical coverage area

TASWA is a coalition of sex workers from all over Tanzania.

Membership and partnership:

  •  African Sex worker Alliance (ASWA)
  •  Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP).