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“Every sex worker has got a story to tell about violence”: Violence against Sex Workers in Africa

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), with support from the Key Populations Representation Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health Programme (KP REACH), has published a study on violence against sex workers in Africa. Among the issues cited by sex workers as exacerbating violence against them are criminalisation and stigma, which impact access to health services and other amenities.

République démocratique du Congo: Rapport Alternatif au Comité CEDAW

Ce rapport parallèle a été soumis par les organisations dirigées par des travailleurSEs du sexe congolaises UMANDE et ACODHU-TS pendant la 73e session du CEDAW qui s’est tenue en juin et juillet 2019.

DRC sex workers call for greater protection during Ebola outbreak

Sex workers are calling for more prevention and sensitisation work during the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, following the recent death of a sex worker in Eastern DRC. 

Why sex work should be decriminalised in South Africa

Human Rights Watch and the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) have released a new report recommending the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa, in order to protect the safety and wellbeing of women, and respond to the HIV pandemic.

Mozambique CEDAW Shadow Report

Sex workers in Mozambique experience high levels and multiple forms of violence. Despite constant dialogue with the Government, the police act as protectors of sex workers, but they can also be perpetrators of violence. The relationship between sex workers and health unit professionals can also be problematic. This shadow report, submitted by sex worker-led Mozambican organisation Tiyane Vavasate Association during the 73rd CEDAW Session, which took place June-July 2019, highlights these issues.