In 2016, the ‘Asijiki Coalition for the Decriminalisation of Sex Work in South Africa’ initiated the Asijiki Award for Courage and Initiative that was handed to Sir Elton John at the International AIDS Conference in Durban. The award highlighted the efforts of Elton John in recognising the human rights of sex workers, and supporting the removal of the criminal law from sex work.

In 2017, we expanded the range of awards to celebrate the hard work, courage and dedication of sex worker activists, providers of services to sex workers, and sex worker allies. An Awards Evening was held during the Asijiki Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 13-14 September 2017, where three prize-winners were presented with their awards. The prize-winners will be flown to Cape Town and accommodated in a comfortable hotel with a spa voucher.

We will do so again in 2018!

Please complete this form [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4pTbVpiqSD01kuCBjmCHOEpksV2JICcvFDNtE8THFzn6y6A/viewform?fbzx=6056612244893750000] in order to formally nominate someone for one of the following three Asijiki awards for 2018.

1) The Asijiki Award of Courage and Determination to a Sex Worker Activist

Award Criteria include the following:
a. The activist must be a current sex worker; and
b. The person should be working towards the recognition of sex worker human rights, challenging sex worker human rights abuses, and take public platforms to challenge the stigma that attaches to sex work in South Africa

2) The Asijiki Award of Service and Humanity to a Service-Provider

Award Criteria include the following:
a. The person currently provides a health, safety or social service to sex workers – it could be a health care worker, a member of SAPS or a social worker, preferably in the public sector (but need not be)
b. The person provides a high-quality service to sex workers, often under difficult circumstances, and goes the extra mile to support sex workers in South Africa

3) The Asijiki Award of Solidarity & Hard work to a Sex worker Ally

Award Criteria include the following:
a. This person or organisation supports sex worker human rights in various forums, speaks out on sex worker human rights violations and provides far-reaching support to sex workers and sex work activists in South Africa

Complete your nomination here [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf4pTbVpiqSD01kuCBjmCHOEpksV2JICcvFDNtE8THFzn6y6A/viewform?fbzx=6056612244893750000]