On International Sex Worker Rights Day – 3 March 2011- members of the African Sex Worker Alliance will be marching for sex workers rights and holding events in nine cities across Africa.
This event follows another historical moment in the fight for sex worker rights in 2009 when sex workers from Southern, Western and Eastern Africa came together to form a sex worker led African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), whose mandate is to lead the fight for sex workers’ rights in Africa. To date the alliance is made up of seven African countries; Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
“We call for access to health services and the ending of sex workers’ human rights violations. When we dare to be powerful, to go onto the streets and make our voices heard, we know there are those who will try to shame and ridicule us, with the hope that we will be isolated and silenced. But this won’t be the case,” says ASWA Regional Coordinator, Kyomya Macklean.
Shocking treatment of sex workers
Sex workers will be offered masks to help protect them from stigma and abuse, and marchers will use red umbrellas to symbolise protection. Allies, friends and families of sex workers, as well as civil society organisations are invited to come and support marchers.
The marching routes in SA