Regional updates: Africa

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Regional Board Members

Phelister Abdalla (KESWA), Kenya

Patrick Fotso (Alcondoms Cameroun), Cameroon

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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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PrEP should be easily accessible to sex workers in Nigeria as an HIV prevention tool, an activist has urged with the Nigerian Sex Workers’ Alliance. Writing for the HIVE, an online journal on sexual and reproductive health, the coordinator of the Nigerian Sex Workers Alliance, Narah (a pseudonym), said that sex workers are being left behind when PrEP is offered.

28th October 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers in three Southern African countries are the first beneficiaries of a programme that will see provide free HIV self-testing kits. Population Services International (PSI) is rolling out oral-swab HIV self-test kits to sex workers and other key populations in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. According to PSI, the self-testing kits are important because many people have not been tested because of stigma or limited access to health care facilities.

24th October 2015 by NSWP

Stigmatisation and discrimination of sex workers at hospitals has been identified as one of the key barriers in accessing health services, a study has shown.

The study, conducted by the Center for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) indicates that, in some hospitals and clinics in Zimbabwe, sex workers face hostile reception from health care providers and this hampers their access to HIV related treatment and care.

24th October 2015 by NSWP

Sex workers were joined by human rights activists in Nakuru County, Kenya in protest of the murder of four female sex workers. According to the Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA), seven sex workers have been killed over the past month. Members of KESWA suspect these are serial killings. Four sex workers were killed in the past week while three additional murders were only discovered when investigations were being conducted.

14th October 2015 by NSWP

The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) and the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, is set to train sex workers from 7 African countries on regional human rights procedures. The workshop will primarily focus on how African sex workers' rights organisations can use national, regional, and international human rights mechanisms to advance the sex workers' rights agenda on the continent.

30th September 2015 by NSWP

A male sex work organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya is set to launch Africa’s first ever savings scheme by male sex workers. HOYMAS, a member of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) and the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), will launch the savings and credit scheme (SACCO) on September 11 at an event that will include representatives from UNAIDS, SOAAIDS, the Government of Kenya as well as other organisations.

15th September 2015 by NSWP

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