Co-production of research with sex workers as a political act

‘[Researchers] cannot deliver solutions to the problems of the oppressed but can assist people in the process of achieving the changes that they seek. Community partners and marginal communities are experts of their own lives and are most knowledgeable about the challenges they face and the aspects of their daily lives that need to change.’ […]

A Low-Cost, Integrated Model for Sex Work Programming

“This is an example of a simple intervention that doesn’t require much but achieves a lot” — Mr Lundi Ncana (HTA Programme Manager, Eastern Cape Department of Health) Sex workers in South Africa continue to experience stigma and discrimination in society, which has many negative outcomes, including impacting negatively on health, and health-seeking behaviour. The launch […]

Say her name

The #SayHerName Campaign in South Africa was launched in 2016 to commemorate and honour female and transwomxn sex workers whose lives had been lost as a result of violence. The Campaign aims to protect and uphold human rights while celebrating the lives of sex workers. In the first report of the Campaign – for the […]

Project: body mapping with sex workers

Project: body mapping with sex workers type of project: research project Keywords: Reproductive Justice, sex work, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Health Systems Project dates: January 2018 – June 2019 Sex worker narratives inform the complexity of access to sexual and reproductive health services. This is a qualitative research project using body mapping with sex workers. Exploring […]

The Country Statement for the Nairobi Summit 2019

The Country Statement for the Nairobi Summit 2019 ————————————————————– Address by Minister Jackson Mthembu At the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Held at KICC, in Nairobi, Kenya 14 November 2019 Country Statement by Minister Mthembu to the ICPD in Nairobi_Kenya Final.._ Honourable President Uhuru Kenyatta of the Republic of Kenya, representatives of the […]

South Africa: Need for national traction on reproductive justice in South Africa following elections

Source: International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion   South Africa: Need for national traction on reproductive justice in South Africa following elections On 7 July 2019 the Weekend Argus reported that the Western Cape Provincial Minister of Health, MEC Nomafrench Mbombo, had authorised the addition of seven new facilities to provide safe, legal termination of pregnancy […]

Elect to protect reproductive Justice

  We are calling on the 3 major political parties to support an increase in the sexual and reproductive health budget for 2020 and use their power as members of parliament and the political party leader to lobby for an increase before voting day on 8 May. Why is this important? YOUR CALL TO REPRODUCTIVE […]

Why sex work should be decriminalised in South Africa

South African law criminalises both the sale and purchase of sex and other aspects of sex work. These prohibitions have not stopped many thousands of mostly poor and often black women in South Africa choosing sex work as their best available option. But arrests and detentions, fines and sexual exploitation by the South African Police […]

Multi-party Women’s Caucus: On Decriminalising Sex Work

Challenging the South African Law Reform Commission Report through unified voices of, sex workers, sex work activists and allies. On December 20, 2017 the leading political party (African National Congress-ANC) resolved for the decriminalisation of sex work at one of their conferences. This came as a victory after the party had rejected a decriminalisation proposal […]