The 2016 International AIDS Conference (IAC) was held at the Durban International Convention Center (ICC) from 18 to 22 July. The IAC is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. Asijiki was well-represented at Read More
Asijiki’s 2nd AGM
12/10/2016 - 13/10/2016
Asijiki is a group of sex workers, activists, advocates and human rights defenders who advocate for law reform for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa. Becoming a supporter is open to organisations and individuals and targeted at members of civil society from all sectors including gender, women’s rights, human rights, legal and public health.
- The Coalition’s main objective is to work together with the aim of obtaining law reform for the full decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa through advocacy and litigation.
- The Coalition’s secondary objectives include:
- Conduct advocacy to highlight the impact of criminalisation on sex workers health, human rights and limited access to services;
- Advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa;
- Promote, protect and defend the human rights of sex workers in South Africa;
- Support strategic impact litigation instituted by supporter organisations that advocate and enforces sex workers human rights;
- Challenge the negative stereotypes of sex workers and build the capacity of sex worker’s to advocate for human rights and the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa; and
- Garner support of community members and the state by networking and raising awareness of the benefits of the decriminalisation of sex work.
The standing steering committee entities are:
- Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
- Sisonke (National Sex Workers Movement in South Africa)
- The Women’s Legal Centre (WLC)
- Sonke Gender Justice
- Independent Sex Worker Representative
Standing members will remain on the steering committee unless they no longer have a dedicated sex work decriminalisation project that receives
- Sign petition
- Print posters
- Join actions
Trusts, Foundations and Statutory Funders
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The 2016 International AIDS Conference (IAC) was held at the Durban International Convention Center (ICC) from 18 to 22 July. The IAC is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic.
Asijiki was well-represented at the IAC and engaged in many positive advocacy projects. Some of these included: the sex workers networking zone (where we held a daily talk show called “sex talk”, convened the ‘Department of Justice desk of disappointment’, and generally raised awareness on the critical issues facing sex workers); the demonstration on the death of sex workers; marches and other demonstrations; and the sex workers museum.
- Sex Work and HIV
- Sex Work and Human Rights
- Sex Work and the Law
- Sex Work and Religion
- Sex Work and Feminism
- Sex Work and Labour
- Sex Work and Policing
- Routes Out of Sex Work
- Drug Use and Sex Work
- Children and Sex Work
- Sex Work and Swedish Model
- Sex Work, Migration and Tourism
- Sex Work, Human Trafficking and the Harm of Conflating the Two
- Decriminalising Sex Work: Reducing Gender-based Violence