African governments should move first to decriminalise sex work to reduce stigma and discrimination that sex workers face.
This is a call from the just concluded 16th Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA), that brought together 18 participants from sex worker-led organisation in South Africa, Angola and Kenya.
Criminalisation of sex work continues to subject sex workers to violence and even death.
This is the first time Angola has participated in the academy that is held thrice a year. In line with it’s strategic plan 2017-2020, ASWA’s objective is to reach out to more to sex worker-led organisations in Africa.
ASWA, together with the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA), with support from the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) organised the Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA). Now in its 16th edition, SWAA is a capacity building programme of ASWA focused on creating a strong, and pan African cohort of sex workers’ rights activists. It is led by, and for sex workers.
You can watch a video about the SWAA here.