Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce

South Africa
1 year

A grant to support the “Every Sex Worker, a Human Rights Defender” Campaign to train sex workers to systematically document human rights abuses against their communities. The campaign includes the development of a human rights defender training curriculum, and the recruitment and training of peer educators to raise awareness among sex workers about human rights and document the abuses they experience.  Findings from the human rights documentation work will be presented in a research paper, which will inform follow-up advocacy projects. These efforts will provide important evidence about the impact that criminalization of prostitution has on South Africa’s sex workers, and will provide an evidence-base for strategic litigation. This grant was funded in partnership with the Public Health Program’s Law and Health Initiative.