Association Solidarite, based in Benin, consists exclusively of female, male, and transgender sex workers and women who use drugs. Their mission is to promote peace and solidarity between their members and to reinforce their capacity to act individually as well as collectively.
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The Sex Workers Academy Africa (SWAA) held its 24th session last month, with 18 activists from three different African countries: Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The Academy ran for 7-days from 23rd to 29th November 2020 and involved female, male and transgender sex workers.
Key Affected Populations Alliance of Lesotho (KAPAL) advocate for the human rights and health rights of sex workers in Lesotho. They aim to build a sustainable movement that fights for legalisation of sex work while also advocating for the rights of key populations – sex workers and LGBTQI groups – through advocacy, capacity building and empowerment.
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In April 2020, NSWP launched a global survey to understand the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers. The survey received 156 responses in total from 55 different countries out of which 22 responses were from 13 countries – Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, and Zambia – in the Africa region.
At the end of February, the second case of COVID-19 was documented in an African country. Since then, the disease has spread to every region, resulting in nearly 32,000 confirmed cases and around 1,400 deaths.
Sex workers in Senegal, in western Africa, are struggling within the context of the pandemic, which has exposed existing inequalities and disproportionately affects people already criminalised, marginalised and living in financially precarious situations.
Voice of Our Voices is a sex worker-led organisation from Eswatini, supporting sex workers to advocate for their human rights and promote access to health services.
Zambia Sex Workers Alliance is a community-led organisation that seeks to promote and improve health outcomes and livelihoods of sex workers, lesbians, and gay and gender diverse people in Zambia.
The African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), with support from the Key Populations Representation Evidence and Advocacy for Change in Health Programme (KP REACH), has published a study on violence against sex workers in Africa. Among the issues cited by sex workers as exacerbating violence against them are criminalisation and stigma, which impact access to health services and other amenities.
And Soppeku is a sex worker-led organisation working to challenge the legal and policy environment in Senegal.