Regional updates: Africa
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Regional Board Members
Phelister Abdalla (KESWA), Kenya
Patrick Fotso (Alcondoms Cameroun), Cameroon
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.
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.
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!
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.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
David Kato Kisule (1964 – 2011) was a Ugandan teacher and LGBTI rights activist. He is considered a father of Uganda’s gay rights activism, a country with a deep conservative society where homosexuality is currently considered a crime. On August 2014 the Anti-Homosexuality Act has been struck down by the constitutional court, but the conservative reaction lives on to implement a new anti-gay bill.
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.”
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.