ASWA has collaborated with Sexual Health Rights Initiative to provide technical assistance and capacity building to our members to engage with CEDAW to increase sex worker-led organisations understanding of and engagement with the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and also submit shadow reports to the Committee. ASWA provided remote technical support to the country teams of sex workers who presented their shadow reports to the CEDAW Committee. The shadow reports have been key in advocacy in Universal Periodic Review UPR) e.g Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.RC).In May 2020, ASWA also together with CREA made a submission to the CEDAW committee on the draft general recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration. ASWA will continue to support sex workers to engage with CEDAW.
ASWA helped its members Rwanda, Uganda, and Sierra Leone to develop UPR reports which included issues around access and quality of services to sex workers.
Links to the UPR Reports and CEDAW Shadow Reports here: https://aswaalliance.org/download/universal-periodic-review-upr-reports-and-committee-on-the-elimination-of-discrimination-against-women-cedaw-shadow-reports/
- International Sex Workers’ Day
- UPCOMING EVENTS
- ASWA joins LGBTQ+ Sex workers in Africa to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) 2022 ‘We call for an end to Phobias’
- ASWA marks 2022 Labour Day by appreciating the honorable sex workers’ labour which builds the economy and calling for an end to laws against sex work and recognition of sex work as labour
- Sex Worker Academy Africa (SWAA) Profile: Meet Faculty Member Felix Otieno “The impact of the academy is a visible increase in community empowerment ”