Regional updates: Africa

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Regional Board Members

Phelister Abdalla (KESWA), Kenya

Aimée Furaha (UMANDE), Democratic Republic of Congo

Regional Network

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) is a pan-African network of sex worker-led national networks and national and local organisations led by and/or working with female, male and transgender sex workers. It was formed in 2009 by sex workers and women’s activists and non-governmental organisations and is now based in Nairobi, Kenya.

News articles from Africa region are listed below.

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Harassment by police and humiliation at clinics mean just 5 percent of sex workers in South Africa are getting access to health care.

Research by the Sex Worker Education Advocacy Taskforce (Sweat), says up to 60 percent of sex workers nationwide were HIV-positive.  

Micky Meji, national co-ordinator of the Africa Sex Worker Alliance, added that the infection rate was higher due to harassment by police, who often confiscated condoms from sex workers.

You can read the full story as reported in the South African Daily News here.  

18th November 2011 by Neil McCulloch

The Regional Dialogue for sub-Saharan Africa, part of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, was held at the beginning of August in Pretoria, South Africa.

12th August 2011 by Neil McCulloch

Article on the Sojourner Project website here highlighting the work of SWEAT, WONETHA and ASWA.

27th May 2011 by NSWP

A group of Cape Town based sex workers discuss the upcoming elections, politicians, and the government. 

The listen to the audio recording visit the ASWA website. 

27th May 2011 by NSWP

SWEAT and the Women's Legal Centre are supporting 3 sex workers in their lawsuit against the Minister of Police.  This comes after repeated arrests, without charge, and violations of their rights.

Read the full story in the news coverage in the South African Times

1st May 2011 by NSWP