Regional updates: Africa

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

The International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is observed annually on December 17 by sex workers, advocates, friends, families and allies. The day calls attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers worldwide, as well as the need to remove the social stigma and discrimination which contributes to violence against sex workers.

17th December 2014 by NSWP

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In the spirit of remembrance and healing, sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognising December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. We seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.

17th December 2014 by NSWP

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10th December 2014 by NSWP

L’histoire retiendra la date du 5 juin 1981 comme point de départ de l’épidémie de Sida. Depuis les chercheurs du monde entier explorent plusieurs pistes pour arriver à bout du VIH/SIDA. Vu la complexité de la constitution du virus, deux voies ont été adoptées pour l’éradiquer : la prévention pour ceux et celles qui sont séronégatifs et le traitement pour les personnes vivant avec le VIH.

26th November 2014 by NSWP

The Cameroonian Penal code criminalises sex work through article 343. It states “(1) Any person of either sex who habitually engages, for compensation, in sexual acts with others, shall be punished with imprisonment for six months to five years and a fine of 20.000 (US$ 34.24) to 500.000 (US$ 856.11) francs. (2) Any person who publicly recruits individuals of either sex through gestures, words, writings or any other means, for purposes of prostitution or debauchery shall be punished with the same penalties.”

14th November 2014 by NSWP

In South Africa, sex workers arm themselves with the Law

This article appeared on the Open Societies Foundations website: In South Africa, Sex Workers Arm Themselves with the Law. The criminalization of sex work has dire consequences for the safety and health of sex workers.

16th September 2014 by NSWP

The red ribbon is a global symbol in the movement to address AIDS. The Red Ribbon Award, presented every two years at the International AIDS Conference (IAC), is designed to honour and celebrate community based organisations for their outstanding initiatives that show leadership in reducing the spread and impact of AIDS.

13th August 2014 by NSWP

The sex worker rights movement in Africa has been advocating for sex work to be recognised as work for nearly twenty years now. With regard to sex work, African countries fall in three broadly distinct groups. First, those countries that criminalise the sex worker; second, those countries that do not criminalise sex work but do not recognise it as work (e.g. DRC, Burundi, Cameroun, Mali, Algeria); the third group recognises sex work as work even though it is still considered to be an illegal activity (e.g. South Africa, Kenya).  

1st July 2014 by NSWP

Sex Workers Education and Advocacy taskforce (SWEAT), Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and TB/HIV Care Association are concerned by the tone and ramifications of the Daily Voice article published on 17 June 2014 titled: “Land of hookers and Aids – Blikkiesdorp’s prossies reveal shocking lives.

The article stated that “Blikkiesdorp, created by Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, is nothing more than a gang-infested slum of nearly 15000 people rife with crime and prostitution.”

27th June 2014 by NSWP

Being a sex worker in Africa is becoming even more difficult with restrictive laws being passed in a number of countries. Various countries have started to take deliberate actions to restrict the human rights of sex workers by imposing legislation or by-laws that ban sex workers  from working.  In several countries, including the DRC, Cameroon, and Kenya sex work is not illegal but most activities surrounding sex work such as managing a brothel or soliciting are.

17th June 2014 by NSWP