ReproNet-Africa

 

April 2015

Dear Readers

We are delighted to bring you our second issue in the series on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and marginalised groups, focusing on sex workers. Sex workers are treated as social outcasts by their communities and this stigma often discourages them from accessing comprehensive health services, including sexual and reproductive care. It also makes it difficult for health care providers to communicate with sex workers about prevention and health promotion. In addition, their basic human rights are frequently disregarded by policymakers and law enforcement officials who aim to eradicate sex work.

This issue of ReproNet-Africa Newsletter highlights not only the plight of sex workers, but their courage and determination to gain recognition for their rights. We profile eight organisations that advocate for the rights of sex workers – be they female, male or transgender. We feature a systematic review entitled ‘Human rights violations against sex workers: burden and effect on HIV'. Lastly we have included a list of useful websites where you can access more information on this topic.

You can also subscribe to ReproNet-Africa’s social media sites including FacebookGoogle plus, LinkedIn and Twitter  for fast and easy access to all the latest SRH news and information.

We welcome your contributions. Please submit newsworthy articles on your organisation’s current activities, research updates, skills building, training and events to nvundamina@wrhi.ac.za.

We hope you enjoy this issue.

 

Regards

Nkunda

nvundamina@wrhi.ac.za

 

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News from members

Promise of HIV shield for sex workers

Wits RHI: Promise of HIV shield for sex workers

Would sex workers take a single pill daily if it prevented HIV infection? This is what researchers at the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV are trying to determine. Truvada, an anti-retroviral pill, is proven to stop people from contracting HIV if taken daily, and two studies showed it… Read more.

Wits RHI: Sex Worker Project on Cliff Central’s Health Hour

Wits RHI: Sex Worker Project on Cliff Central’s Health Hour

Mariette Slabbert, Director, and Maria Sibanyoni, Programme Manager: Sex Worker Project, featured on Cliff Central’s Health Hour on 11 May 2015. They spoke to Dr Michelle Moorhouse about the world of sex work and the individuals most affected.  ​Listen to the podcast here... Read more.

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News from Africa

In South Africa, sex workers arm themselves with the Law

In South Africa, sex workers arm themselves with the Law

The criminalization of sex work has dire consequences for the safety and health of sex workers. Police threaten sex workers with arbitrary arrest, demand bribes, and abuse and sexually violate them … Read more.

Uganda: Sex workers scared more by pregnancy than HIV

Uganda: Sex workers scared more by pregnancy than HIV

Many commercial sex workers and their clients in Mpigi District, Uganda still ignore the use of condoms Mpigi. Many commercial sex workers and their clients in Mpigi District still ignore the use of condoms despite … Read more.

Sex workers unite to defy stigma

Sex workers unite to defy stigma

The day the military raided Amina Danait’s* village in Muguru na Nyori will forever remain etched in her mind. Soldiers had been deployed to search for alleged illegally held guns in her village in Northern Kenya. But they also found girls like Amina and, as she recounts, they raped them … Read more.

Sex workers protest in Cape Town

Sex workers protest in Cape Town

Sex workers protested in Sea Point, Cape Town late last week, to raise awareness about the need to decriminalise sex work as well as honour their colleagues who lost their lives during the 2003 Sizzlers Massacre. Members of the public were invited to “ask a sex worker” and encouraged to … Read more.

Zimbabwe sex workers use mobile for payment, social media for protection

Zimbabwe sex workers use mobile for payment, social media for protection

Sex workers in Zimbabwe are getting creative with mobile technology, using mobile money services to get paid on cell-phones and smartphones, and social media to alert human rights activists when they … Read more.

When Economic Empowerment Programmes Fail Sex Workers

When Economic Empowerment Programmes Fail Sex Workers

Sex workers are often encouraged to take part in economic empowerment programmes to help them exit sex work by requiring that they give up sex work while they learn new skills like hairdressing and sewing. … Read more.

Research evidence

Human rights violations against sex workers: burden and effect on HIV

Human rights violations against sex workers: burden and effect on HIV

Evidence from more than 800 studies and reports on the burden and HIV implications of human rights violations against sex workers was reviewed. Published research documents widespread … Read more.

Sex workers and syphilis

Sex workers and syphilis

Sex workers with active syphilis (%) Syphilis infects over 5% of sex workers in 34 countries, over 10% in 21 countries, and over 20% in 7 countries. Sex workers include female, male and transgender adults and young people who receive money or goods in exchange for sexual services, either … Read more.

Sexual violence against female sex workers in The Gambia: a cross-sectional examination of the associations between victimization and reproductive, sexual and mental health
Systematic review of facility-based sexual and reproductive health services for female sex workers in Africa

Systematic review of facility-based SRH services for female sex workers in Africa

Several biological, behavioural, and structural risk factors place female sex workers (FSWs) at heightened risk of HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and other adverse sexual and reproductive health … Read more.

Applying Innovative Approaches for Reaching Men Who Have Sex With Men and Female Sex Workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Applying Innovative Approaches for Reaching Men Who Have Sex With Men and Female Sex Workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), men who have sex with men (MSM) and female sex workers (FSW) have the highest …Read more.

Retention and Risk Factors for Loss to Follow-up of Female and Male Sex Workers on Antiretroviral Treatment in Ivory Coast: A Retrospective Cohort Analysis
The relationship between social, policy and physical venue features and social cohesion on condom use for pregnancy prevention among sex workers: a safer indoor work environment scale
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Skills building and training courses

Advanced Clinical HIV Management course at Wits RHI

Advanced Clinical HIV Management course at Wits RHI

The aim of this course is to provide doctors with regional HIV treatment knowledge and expertise, by developing clinicians’ abilities to effectively manage HIV complications and provide leadership in HIV prevention, treatment and care. The course is full time, Monday to Friday, for two weeks (7h45 – 17h00) in Johannesburg… Read more.

Research Methods Course in Sexual Reproductive Health; HIV and Gender-Based Violence

Research Methods Course in Sexual Reproductive Health; HIV and Gender-Based Violence

Course dates: 05 -16 October 2015 in Johannesburg Closing date for applications: 22 May 2015. Are you a clinician, researcher or other professional in the field of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) or HIV looking to improve your research skills? Are you currently conducting or planning to … Read more.

Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship 2015

Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship 2015

The Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship addresses contemporary sexuality issues and emerging best practice in policy and programming for sexual well-being in Africa. The curriculum focuses on sexuality, sexual health and rights, sexual diversity, pleasure, HIV/AIDS and vulnerabilities, gender and violence against women. The Africa Regional Sexuality… Read more.

Understanding & addressing gender based violence (GBV)

Understanding & addressing gender based violence (GBV)

This course focuses specifically on Gender-based violence against women. Non-emergency development settings. Lower-income countries. Course Aims This eight week course empowers participants to: Become aware of the prevalence and nature of gender based violence specifically… Read more.

Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

Questions related to sexuality and reproduction are intimately linked to health, well-being and human rights. In this course, you will gain a unique opportunity to explore the field of SRHR together with participants from … Read more.

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Funding opportunities

IDRC Doctoral Research Awards

Deadline: May 20, 2015 by 15:00 (03:00 PM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Eligibility: permanent residents of Canada, and citizens of developing countries pursuing doctoral studies at a Canadian university... Read More

African Women Development Fund Grants

Deadline: Annually August and November

Eligibility: African based womens' organisations

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