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Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT)

Cape Town , South Africa
Joined December 2016
Presence in: South Africa

SWEAT has a 20-year history in organising sex workers, advocating for and delivering services to South African Sex Workers. We have facilitated birth of two movements – a Pan African Alliance of sex workers (African Sex Worker Alliance) and a national movement of sex workers called Sisonke. ASWA is now an independent organisation based in Kenya, and Sisonke is moving towards its own independence in South Africa.

Our vision is: A South Africa where people who choose to sell sex are able to enjoy freedom, rights and human dignity.

SWEAT uses an evidence informed human rights based approach to address sex workers’ health.

We embrace the concept of wellness – which requires the active participation of sex workers in becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness goes beyond merely the absence of disease – it includes physical, mental, and social well-being.

People Associated With This Organization

Ishtar Lakhani

South Africa  
Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task... (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Women's Rights
Ishtar Lakhani has been working as a feminist, activist and trouble-maker in the field of human rights advocacy for over a decade. Currently Ishtar is the Advocacy and Human Rights Defence Manager at the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), a South African based organisation that advocates for the human rights of sex workers. She along with the advocacy team works to create platforms and capacitate sex workers to advocate for their rights and ensure when rights are violated, there is recourse.

Rolland Samson Holland

Zimbabwe  
Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task... (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Women's Rights
i am a young man age 31, with a great passion on human rights issues in Zimbabwe. In joining the network it will help in advocating for human rights in zimbabwe. the network will also broaden my horizon on being able to ligate cases in my country.

Sally-Jean Shackleton

South Africa  
Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task...
Joined December 2016
Sally-Jean Shackleton is the network champion (main point of contact) for Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Task Force (SWEAT).

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