Regional updates: Africa

Regional networks in Africa are divided into Francophone and Anglophone. NSWP is building the capacity of the emerging African networks. This is a priority from 2010-2012. 

Board members

John Mathenge (HOYMAS) Kenya.  

Aimee Furaha (AHUSADEC) Democratic Republic of Congo. 

File 1394Image Credit (c) WOPI

NSWP meber, Women in Power Initiative (WOPI), the first Community Based Organisation in Nigeria led a march in Lagos marking the 14th International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. The programme mobilised over 50 sex workers, civil society organisations working with the female sex worker community and the media.

8th April 2014 by NSWP

A Coalition of more than 50 civil society organisations (Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law) advocating for non-discrimination in Uganda filed a petition at the Constitutional Court in Uganda on 11 March 2014.

12th March 2014 by NSWP

The ongoing debate on homosexuality in Kenya is likely to affect the fight against HIV, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

In a statement, Mr Macharia said Men having Sex with Men are among key groups that contribute to new HIV infections in Kenya and called for a sober approach on the debate.

28th February 2014 by NSWP

President Museveni of Uganda today has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality bill which now becomes law. According to the president homosexuality is due to a person’s environment and not due to a person born homosexual and as such it [homosexuality] can be fought. The bill proposes a raft of measures to criminalise, stigmatise, victimise and intimidate anyone suspected of being homosexual or promoting homosexuality in any way. Prison sentences ranging from a few years to life imprisonment will be handed to those who are convicted under the new legislation.

24th February 2014 by NSWP

Following reports that the Botswana Government is planning to target, arrest and possibly deport sex workers in the country, several human rights organisations have come out to strongly condemn this move.

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in a statement, strongly denounced this campaign and called for an end of the campaign.

13th November 2013 by NSWP

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, in a response to Parliament, has pledged his continued support for the decriminalisation of sex work. The decriminalisation of sex work will remain on the agenda of the newly appointed SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), President Zuma said earlier this week, reported News 24, a South Africa based news agency.

11th November 2013 by NSWP

Sex workers, men who have sex with men and truck drivers in Benin will benefit from a new US$68.8 million in new HIV grants from the Global Fund, it has been reported.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed the grant with the Benin Government in mid-October in an event in Cotonou attended by Benin’s Health Minister, Dorothée Kinde Gazard, and the Global Fund’s Director for Africa and the Middle East, Lelio Marmora.

11th November 2013 by NSWP

Media reports from several African countries indicate that sex workers are being unfairly targeted by authorities causing concern to sex workers rights activists across the region.

Reports from Ghana and Botswana show that police have been arresting sex workers and in some instances deporting some of them.

7th November 2013 by NSWP

A new report highlighting the interconnectedness of the LGBTIQ and sex worker rights movement in East Africa says that both these movements have greatly contributed to social justice in the region.

17th October 2013 by NSWP

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) joins NSWP in condemning the latest attack on sex workers' rights, an attack which takes the form of a campaign against several UN agencies' recommendations to decriminalise sex work.

26th September 2013 by NSWP