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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Approximately 42 sex workers from 14 African countries are set to engage with the Global Fund in two unique trainings. The Global Network of Sex Work Project (NSWP), in close collaboration with the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), is organising a series of workshops to train sex workers in understanding The Global Fund and its processes for community engagement and accountability.

15th September 2015 by NSWP

A coalition has been launched to push for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa. The Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work is a collective consisting of sex workers, activists and human rights defenders. It was launched in Cape Town on August 27.

14th September 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers from Africa have welcomed the vote to adopt a decriminalisation policy by Amnesty International. The African Sex Workers Alliance states: “60% of global criminalisation of sex workers is in Africa. Sex workers face a myriad of challenges in accessing health services, legal redress and sexual and reproductive justice as well as social acceptance.

14th September 2015 by NSWP

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, (AFAO), the national body whose membership is made up of national peer-led organisations, including, Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers’ Association; the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL); and the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA); recently published a series of articles in its flagship magazine-style publication,

25th August 2015 by NSWP

The conference theme “AIDS in Post 2015: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” engages the whole continent and all stakeholders in the post MDG framework, where sustainability of the response in reaching 90, 90, 90 of UNAIDS will not be possible if Human rights are not key prio

20th July 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers are often encouraged to take part in economic empowerment programmes to help them exit sex work by requiring that they give up sex work while they learn new skills like hairdressing and sewing. Some of these programmes work but the majority of them fail sex workers to such an extent it is hard to imagine why such programmes are still considered as acceptable by some.

4th March 2015 by NSWP

March 2, 2015

Only Rights Will Stop The Wrong – Decriminalise Sex Work Now!

On the 3rd of March, Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and Sisonke National Sex Workers Movement (Sisonke) in South will launch an online campaign to commemorate International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.

The campaign will be calling for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa with the theme: Only Rights Will Stop the Wrong – Decriminalise sex work now!

2nd March 2015 by NSWP

The Moroccan Patent Office (Office of Industrial and Commercial Property - OMPIC) recently formalised an agreement with the European Patent Office (EPO) for validating European patents in Morocco starting on the 1st of March 2015. This mean that patent applications and patents granted in Europe will have the legal effects of Moroccan patent applications and will be subject to Moroccan law. A world premiere, Morocco becomes the first country outside of the European Patent Organisation to validate European patents in its territory.

26th January 2015 by NSWP

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

17th December 2014 by NSWP