Regional updates: Africa

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Regional Board Members

Phelister Abdalla (KESWA), Kenya

Patrick Fotso (Alcondoms Cameroun), Cameroon

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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Coalition Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre pour le travail du sexe (CAfOC-TS) have issued a statement reporting on the human rights abuses and violence experienced by sex workers during the COVID-19 pandemic in francophone African countries.

CAfOC-TS – which is made up of organisations including UMANDE, And Soppeku, Blety, AFAZ - Association Femme Amazone, Alcondoms Cameroun, YERELON+, and HODSAS – work to address the problems faced by French speaking sex workers in Central and West Africa.

1st September 2020 by NSWP

New Frame have written a feature on the impact of COVID-19 on sex workers in South Africa, looking specifically at the damaging impacts of criminalisation and the need to maintain a focus on the long-term policy changes that position sex workers as equal and protected citizens.

20th August 2020 by NSWP

AP News has published a report on the impact of food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic on sex workers living with HIV. Speaking with sex workers and organisations from Rwanda and Zimbabwe, the article highlights the multiple ways that the current crisis is affecting those who do not have access to government support schemes.

21st July 2020 by NSWP

Last week, the Uganda Key Populations Consortium (UKPC) and other civil society organisations released a statement strongly denouncing raids, arrests, extortion, and violent attacks targeting sex workers, barmaids and other vulnerable communities by police, Local Defense Units (LDUs), and Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) during the response to the spread of COVID-19.

11th May 2020 by NSWP

在二月末,非洲确诊了第二例COVID-19病例。从那时起,疾病开始在非洲各个地区传播,截至目前有将近32000例确诊病例,导致超过1400人死亡。

在西非国家塞内加尔,性工作者在疫情中艰难生存。这些已经被污名化、生活于社会边缘并且生活窘迫的人暴露于不平等和失去收入的威胁中。

And Soppeku-一个由性工作者领导、致力于推动塞内加尔国内法律和政策环境改变的组织,向NSWP组织的COVID-19影响调查报告了他们在COVID-19疫情中的经历,和这场灾难对当地性工作者造成的影响。

“由于塞内加尔实行宵禁,从晚上8点到早上6点,顾客的数量非常有限。随着国家进入紧急状态,跨区域旅行被禁止,因此,在其原籍地区以外固定场所工作的性工作者受到警察突然搜捕和敲诈勒索的影响。”

11th May 2020 by NSWP

NSWP is seeking to recruit a Policy Officer to join our Policy Team, led by the Senior Policy Officer, working on developing global advocacy tools for our members and reviewing external policy documents in line with the NSWP Consensus Statement and the priorities set by the NSWP Board.

3rd April 2020 by NSWP

Sex worker organisations and other human rights groups have condemned the arrest and violent mistreatment of women by police, who arrested more than 100 women at nightclubs in Abuja last week. It has been reported the women were arrested under sex work laws, although many of the women deny being sex workers.

6th May 2019 by NSWP

International human rights organisations have condemned recent the harassment and arrest of gay men in Tanzania, following comments from a government official on plans to establish a task force to identify, track down and arrest people suspected of being gay.

9th November 2018 by NSWP

Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo is currently in the midst of a massive operation against sex workers.

8th October 2018 by NSWP