Membership and governance


NSWP’s members are local, national and regional sex worker organisations and networks, across five regions: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Europe (including Eastern Europe and Central Asia); Latin America and North America and the Caribbean.

All member organisations are required to endorse NSWP’s core values and the Consensus Statement on Sex Work, Human Rights, and the Law.

Regional networks are an important component in the global network as NSWP works with the regional networks to enable them to support national networks and organisations. Regional networks that are members of NSWP include: African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA); Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW); International Committee for the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE); Sex Workers’ Rights Advocacy Network for Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia (SWAN); Latin America Platform of Sex Workers (PLAPERTS), and Caribbean Sex Work Coalition (CSWC).

Only sex worker-led organisations and networks have voting rights. Organisations can apply to join NSWP as a sex worker-led organisation with voting rights or as a supporter without voting rights. Organisations wishing to apply for membership of NSWP must complete a membership application, which are reviewed against the criteria for sex worker-led organisations and fit with NSWP core values. All applications are reviewed and approved by the regional representatives in the Board of Directors.

Note: For both safety and security NSWP does not identify which members are sex worker-led on our website, and members can choose not to be listed on the public website.


NSWP is governed by a Board of Directors. NSWP’s Board comprises a President (elected by the global voting membership) and two representatives from each of the five regions (selected by the regional membership). The President and Board members are nominated for a period of two years; however, one regional board member rotates off the Board each year to ensure continuity. The Board elects from within its membership a Vice President and Executive Committee.

For more details on the governance of NSWP see the 'NSWP organisational development and operational handbook'.

Board of Directors


Phelister Abdalla (KESWA), Kenya.

Board Members

Pamela Chakuvinga (Sisonke), South Africa

Patrick Fotso (Alcondoms Cameroun), Cameroon

Sherry Sherqueshaa (Project X), Singapore

Yukiko Kaname (SWASH), Japan

Diana Alieva (Sex Worker Forum Russia), Russia

Luca Stevenson (ESWA), The Netherlands

Cynthia Navarrete Gil (APROASE), Mexico

Chavica Moreira Rodríguez (Asociacion Horizontes Diversos), Ecuador

Shaunna-May Trotman (Guyana Sex Work Coalition), Guyana

Ceyenne Doroshow (GLITSINC), USA


NSWP’s Global Secretariat is based in Edinburgh, Scotland UK. It comprises of a core team of management, finance, policy, and communications staff and consultants, working both from Edinburgh and remotely in their home countries. NSWP also employs task consultants, including national, regional and global consultants to develop advocacy tools, a team of Community Translators, and Regional Correspondents.