Who do you work with?
Female sex workers, clients, families
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?
AWA was founded by sex workers. Our staff, including board members include sex workers and former sex workers. 70% of AWA staff are sex workers and 40% of AWA board are sex workers. Beneficiaries to our programs are sex workers.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face
Criminalisation – sex work is criminalised in Zimbabwe
Stigma and discrimination – Sex work is shunned and the society looks down on sex workers which ahs a negative impact on sex workers’ overall wellbeing
Violence – sex workers are victims of GBV including SGBV
Describe other areas of your work
Drugs and Substance abuse
Mental Health and psychosocial support