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Sex Worker Rights

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.
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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on sex workers in Southern Africa

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 Writer
Feb 22, 2021
Criminal JusticeDisability RightsMalawiSex Worker RightsSOGIE RightsSubmissions

Joint Stakeholder Submission to the UNHRC for the LOIPR to be considered in relation to Malawi

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 Shivamba
Jan 25, 2021
Criminal JusticeOngoing casesSex Worker RightsSexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Nigeria: Challenge to arbitrary arrest of women during sweeping exercises

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 Meerkotter
May 21, 2019