SALC’s Sex Worker Rights programme has the following objectives:
- To assert accountability for police abuse of sex workers.
- To assert sex workers’ rights to form an association and to engage in protests.
- To challenge incorrect interpretations of offences, including the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution.
- To challenge offences used to arbitrarily target sex workers and other marginalised groups.
- Malawi: Case challenging the use of the offence of living on the earnings of prostitution to arrest sex workers.
- Malawi: Case challenging constitutionality of rogue and vagabond offence.
- Malawi: Case challenging mandatory HIV testing of women.
- Zimbabwe: Case challenging the refusal to allow sex workers to march.
- Malawi: Case challenging arbitrary arrest of sex workers.
In March 2021, an anonymous human rights defender from Tanzania, SALC and SRI made a joint stakeholders submission for the Tanzania UPR 39th session. Read the submission here.
Staff WriterMar 29, 2021
The quarterly digest of petty offences campaign activities for November 2020 to February 2021 is in three languages, English, Portuguese and French.
Staff WriterMar 10, 2021
In October 2020, SALC conducted a mapping exercise in some countries in the SADC region (Botswana, Namibia, Eswatini, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi) to assess the impact that COVID-19 has had on sex workers. The information reported is from conversations with eight activists working for sex worker organisations in seven Southern African…
Staff WriterFeb 22, 2021
The Malawi Centre for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), Reprieve and Irish Rule of Law International (IRLI) submit information to the Human Rights Committee (HRC) for the drafting of the list of issues prior to reporting (LOIPR) ahead of the upcoming review…
Amanda ShivambaJan 25, 2021
20 December 2019, Abuja – On 18 December 2019, the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Abuja Division, per Justice Nyako, handed down an important judgment on sex workers’ rights to due process at the hands of law enforcement agencies, in the case of CN and 15 Others v Minister of…
Factual Background At 11pm on 22 February 2017, the Joint Task Force broke down the doors of the homes of the applicants, assaulted them, indecently searched them, took the money they had on them, and then arrested and detained them. The Task Force, comprising the police, army and Abuja Environmental…
The Rights4All Project, under its My Body My Rights Campaign, published a booklet which summarises the provisions of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act of 2018. The booklet is available here.
Anneke MeerkotterOct 18, 2019
Factual Background The applicants were among 71 women who were arrested at various public spaces in Abuja between 17 and 26 April 2019. The arrests were carried out by the FCTA Joint Task Team comprising the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Securities and Civil Defence Corp, Nigeria Police Force, Social Development Secretariat,…
Anneke MeerkotterMay 21, 2019