History of the Sex Worker Rights Movement

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Sex workers sue Malawian government

1 Jan

In 2014 the AFP news agency reported that the 14 Malawian sex workers arrested by police and forced to undergo HIV tests in 2009 had launched a fresh bid to seek damages from the government for “unfair action and violating their privacy.” The group had been arrested and hauled to a government hospital for HIV testing without their consent, and had their positive results disclosed in an open court. According to the police, having the women tested was part of their investigation.

‘When I Dare To Be Powerful’ training and publication

1 Jun

In June 2009 Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMWA) and the Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) conducted the first-ever Sex Worker African Women’s Leadership Institute in Mombasa (Kenya). The workshop brought together sex workers from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. This training was unusual in content, structure, interaction, learning and outcomes.

Sex workers’ conference moved from Uganda to Kenya

1 Mar

In March 2008, women’s rights groups and development organisations joined forces to hold one of the first sex workers’ rights conferences on the African continent. The conference brought 35 activists and experts from allied groups to Kenya to discuss an evidence-based approach to sex workers’ health and human rights.

HIV and Sex Work Conference in Mozambique

1 Oct

In October 2007 an HIV and Sex Work Conference took place in Maputo (Mozambique). About 150 delegates from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zimbabwe attended the conference to discuss a strategic plan aimed at addressing the spread of HIV among sex workers, as well as the risks sex workers face. The conference was organised by Mozambique's National AIDS Council and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities.

Jordan v. State Constitutional Court judgment

1 Aug

In August 2001, massage parlour owner Ellen Jordan and two of her employees, Louisa Broodryk and Christine Jacobs, appealed to the Pretoria High Court for the constitutionality of the Section 20 (1)(a) of the Sexual Offences Act (1957) which states that sexual intercourse between two persons of the opposite sex who are not married is an offence only if it is practised "for reward" by a person.