Regional updates: Africa

Our members are listed on the left or you can click the red umbrellas on the map.

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.

Regional updates

16th May 2014 | Region: Global, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 | Region: Global, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 | Region: Global, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 | Region: Global, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

16th May 2014 | Region: Global, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America and the Caribbean

The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), implemented a global project to identify and document best practices undertaken by sex workers in carrying out programmes related to sex work and HIV; to identify and document issues of sex workers and their access to HIV‑related treatment and the impact of free trade on this access; and to identify and document the impact of programmes relating to HIV directed at sex workers which fail to include a human rights‑based approach.

12th May 2014 | Region: Africa

NSWP values diversity and encourages applications from individuals with sex work experience and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.We are still seeking a regional correspondent to research and write up the history of NSWP and the sex worker rights movement in LATIN AMERICA.

8th April 2014 | Region: Africa

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12th March 2014 | Region: Africa

A Coalition of more than 50 civil society organisations (Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law) advocating for non-discrimination in Uganda filed a petition at the Constitutional Court in Uganda on 11 March 2014.

28th February 2014 | Region: Global, Africa

The ongoing debate on homosexuality in Kenya is likely to affect the fight against HIV, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

In a statement, Mr Macharia said Men having Sex with Men are among key groups that contribute to new HIV infections in Kenya and called for a sober approach on the debate.

28th February 2014 | Region: Global, Africa

The ongoing debate on homosexuality in Kenya is likely to affect the fight against HIV, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia has said.

In a statement, Mr Macharia said Men having Sex with Men are among key groups that contribute to new HIV infections in Kenya and called for a sober approach on the debate.

24th February 2014 | Region: Africa

President Museveni of Uganda today has assented to the Anti-Homosexuality bill which now becomes law. According to the president homosexuality is due to a person’s environment and not due to a person born homosexual and as such it [homosexuality] can be fought. The bill proposes a raft of measures to criminalise, stigmatise, victimise and intimidate anyone suspected of being homosexual or promoting homosexuality in any way. Prison sentences ranging from a few years to life imprisonment will be handed to those who are convicted under the new legislation.

13th November 2013 | Region: Africa

Following reports that the Botswana Government is planning to target, arrest and possibly deport sex workers in the country, several human rights organisations have come out to strongly condemn this move.

The AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, in a statement, strongly denounced this campaign and called for an end of the campaign.

11th November 2013 | Region: Africa

South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, in a response to Parliament, has pledged his continued support for the decriminalisation of sex work. The decriminalisation of sex work will remain on the agenda of the newly appointed SA Law Reform Commission (SALRC), President Zuma said earlier this week, reported News 24, a South Africa based news agency.

11th November 2013 | Region: Africa

Sex workers, men who have sex with men and truck drivers in Benin will benefit from a new US$68.8 million in new HIV grants from the Global Fund, it has been reported.

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed the grant with the Benin Government in mid-October in an event in Cotonou attended by Benin’s Health Minister, Dorothée Kinde Gazard, and the Global Fund’s Director for Africa and the Middle East, Lelio Marmora.

7th November 2013 | Region: Africa

Media reports from several African countries indicate that sex workers are being unfairly targeted by authorities causing concern to sex workers rights activists across the region.

Reports from Ghana and Botswana show that police have been arresting sex workers and in some instances deporting some of them.