Nigeria Sex Workers Association CEDAW Shadow Report

Nigeria Sex Workers Association

The Nigeria Sex Workers Association- Precious Jewels (NSWA) submitted this shadow report to the 67th CEDAW Session, which took place in July 2017. The report focuses on the impact of stigma, penalisation and discrimination on female sex workers' ability to access HIV prevention and health services, and their vulnerability to HIV and violence at the hands of police. The report also provides background information about NSWA and economic, health, and population context in Nigeria.

The report helped produce a strong recommendation from the CEDAW committee to “protect women in prostitution against gender-based violence, abuse and harassment notably by law enforcement personnel, particularly the police, by investigating, prosecuting and punishing the perpetrators.”

Contents Include:

  • Profile of Nigeria
  • Profile of female sex workers and HIV in Nigeria
  • Profile of NSWA
  • Female sex workers and human rights issues in Nigeria
  • Situation of sex workers under CEDAW Articles
  • Criminalisation and pathologisation of sex workers
  • Recommendations

Their submission is useful for sex workers who are interested in submitting their own report to CEDAW once their country is reviewed. It is also useful for those interested in learning more about NSWA and the human rights situation of female sex workers in Nigeria.

You can download this 16 page PDF above. This resource is available in English.