Get to know us, introduction of ASWA!

The African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA) is a Pan African Alliance of sex worker-led groups that exist to strengthen their voices, to empower and to advocate for and advance the health and human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers

including those living with HIV and using drugs through networking, movement building and development of partnerships. ASWA was formed in February 2009 with an initial membership drawn from 10 African countries. ASWA is a growing alliance of sex workers and sex worker partners seeking to contribute to social and economic justice for sex workers in Africa. Its vision is an empowered sex work industry where sex workers have equal access to human rights, social justice and health care in a dignified manner. Through this organizing ASWA presently has over 150 members from 35 African countries.

ASWA Vision: A world free of stigma and discrimination where sex work is recognized and protected as work.

ASWA Mission: ASWA is a Pan- African network of sex worker-led groups that amplifies the voices of sex workers, raises visibility and advocates for the human dignity of diverse community of sex workers working and living in Africa.

Guiding Principles and Values:

  1. Accountability and Transparency: We are accountable to our members and to our   partners, and are always professional, committed and transparent in our work
  2. Equality and Justice: We treat all our members equally and ensure that all our members are treated fairly and justly.
  3. Voice and Agency: We ensure that our members have voice and agency, and they all are able to inform and guide ASWA’s activities.
  4. Respect: We respect all sex workers and understand respect as critical in building a strong and diverse community of African sex workers.
  5. Diversity and Inclusion: Working alongside other movements that agitate/aim to disrupt oppression
  6. Solidarity: We are a united community of diverse sex workers living and working in Africa.
🌍 This week, ASWA Program Officer Grace Nyarath is in Durban, South Africa, attending the meeting titled “Differentiated Service Delivery Across the HIV Testing Cascade: Fronting Person-Centered Testing Approaches to Enhance Coverage and Quality of HIV Testing,” organized by the CQUIN Network.During the meeting, Nyarath emphasized the importance of community-initiated testing rather than service provider-initiated testing. She highlighted that community-initiated testing is more responsive to clients' needs and significantly enhances the quality of testing, from pre to post counseling, by reducing the focus on meeting targets.#HIVTesting #CommunityHealth #PersonCenteredCare #CQUINNetwork #ASWA #HIVAwareness #Durban #SouthAfrica ... See MoreSee Less
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🌍 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐞𝐱 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤 🌍In many jurisdictions, sex workers face numerous violations of their rights due to criminalization. It's time to change this. 𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 is the legal framework favored by most sex worker-led organizations worldwide, as well as leading authorities in health and human rights.✅ 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐇𝐮𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐑𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬✅ 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐚𝐟𝐞𝐭𝐲✅ 𝐄𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐒𝐞𝐱 𝐖𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬Join the movement for a safer, fairer world where sex workers are protected and respected. #decriminalizesexwork #humanrights #HealthForAll #supportsexworkers ... See MoreSee Less
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Strategic Objective 1

To enhance the skills, abilities, and knowledge of individual sex workers to allow them to be change agents at local, regional, and continental levels.

strategic Objective 2

To enhance the effectiveness of sex worker groups/organizing structures and institutions that are responsive to the lived realities of sex workers.

Strategic Objective 3

To foster and nurture linkages between regional sex worker networks to proactively advocate for and promote the dignity and rights of sex workers in Africa and globally.

Strategic objective 4

To strengthen the capacity for an adaptive and responsive coordinating mechanism for the realization of sex worker rights in Africa.

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