Consultancy: Developing a Low Cost, Integrated Model for Sex Work Programming

Introduction SWEAT is seeking an experienced consultant who can design an integrated low cost model for a public health facility based intervention for sex workers that will emerge from a pilot project currently being implemented in the Eastern Cape. This is expected to be a participatory process involving the staff on the project as well as health facility staff and district officials involved in the project. Outputs: A comprehensive service model that is costed and that includes the following aspects: Start- up processes including the negotiation phase between potential partners; Overall management and coordination; including practicalities of negotiating space and conducting activities within health facilities; Recommended minimum comprehensive services that should be offered; Practical integration of the activities and services at the facility, with a peer education component; Peer education materials specific to health facility based work; Referral paths for health and human rights issues; Clinical flow charts and reporting; Mentoring processes within the facility and minimum criteria for the facilities readiness to begin services; Sensitisation training integration to ensure readiness to accept sex workers; Monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and quantitative measures of impact, and Sustainability measures for facilities. The model must reflect A phased approach of planning, readiness assessment, implementation, monitoring and evaluation A minimum and value added package of services recommended for different population dynamics We are seeking to cost this model as it presents as a cost effective, sustainable and viable model for the Department of Health to adopt and report on in respect of integrated and accessible services to sex workers. This Model needs to be practice based and lend itself to replication across other health facilities in South Africa. To this end, the consultant will study the pilot intervention that began in June 2017, and will use the lessons learned in this project, to inform the development of the model. The consultant will have access to those participating in the pilot, and will use these participants as key informants. Proposed Model This model presents as a more sustainable approach within resource poor areas where sex workers might operate in high numbers but are fairly diffuse, a low cost model that ensures that sex workers in these communities access a range of comprehensive SRHR and HIV services available to them from which many are seen as being alienated from. A peer led model is integral towards ensuring a holistic service focussed on sexual health and rights … Continue reading →

Job opportunity: Candidate Attorney

SWEAT is South Africa’s leading sex worker human rights organisation. It was registered as a non- profit organisation in 2002, providing services to sex workers since 1996. The organisation exclusively works with adult sex workers on issues of health and human rights. Its services include providing safer sex education, crisis counselling, legal advice, and skills development for sex workers. SWEAT advocates for the protection, promotion and fulfilment of sex workers human rights through human rights defence and in advocating for law reform for the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa. SWEAT seeks the services of a candidate attorney to work in the newly established Sex Workers Legal Defence Centre based in Cape Town. The Sex Workers Legal Defence Centre is the legal unit of SWEAT, which is duly accredited by the Law Society of South Africa. The key responsibilities of the successful candidate involve assisting various supervising attorneys with litigation and attending to work that is generally required of a candidate attorney in a law practice. Deadline for applications is 10 July 2017. Requirements An LLB (or equivalent) degree. An interest in human rights law, social justice and litigation. Good oral and written communication skills in English. Able to work in a team Good drafting skills. A valid driving licence. Legal status to work in South Africa. Have completed Practical Legal Training course. Desirable/Advantageous requirements Proficiency in another official South African language. The closing date for submission of applications To apply for the available vacancy please submit the documents listed below to Stacey-Leigh Manoek by email staceym@sweat.org.za by Monday the 10th of July 2017. Please submit a covering letter motivating why you have the necessary qualifications, skills and experience for the position as well as the names and contact details of 3 referees. Also, submit a detailed CV and copies of your academic transcript/s. SWEAT reserves the right not to make an appointment, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. … Continue reading →

Press Statement: THE RELEASE OF REPORT IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 26 May 2017 THE RELEASE OF REPORT IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE. Sex workers and sex worker organisations have been waiting for almost a decade for the release of the SALRC report on project 107 dealing with Adult Prostitution, “not because we trusted the results of the process, but because we thought it would at least push forward law reform on sex work” Said Ishtar Lakhani, SWEAT Advocacy Manager. “It was obvious to us some time ago that SALRC was both biased and disorganised, the Project being driven essentially by one person’s opinion with none of the original commissioners and researchers which began compiling the report, remaining at the Commission. In fact the institution was left without commissioners for almost 2 years and which has failed in its mandate.” Said SWEAT Director, Sally Shackleton Professor Cathi Albertyn, who worked on the Report until her term as SALRC Commissioner ended in 2011, expressed surprise and disappointment at the direction the Report had taken. “At the time I left”, she said ‘we were working towards a recommendation that decriminalized sex work and directed attention to how the law might contribute further to eliminating any harm that might accompany this work, whether forms of violence and abuse, rights violation or labour exploitation’. The Department of Justice was handed the report as far back as 2014 and while sex workers have been abused, arrested, fined and refused help, and many have lost their lives, the Department of Justice stood still and did nothing. SWEAT saw a copy of the report in late 2014 and at this time it recommended full criminalization with the option of diversion. It has been clear that this recommendation left government in a fix -because criminalization is a dismal failure and has been a failure for the past 58 years. For us, it was a no-brainer, move on and propose legislation in favour of decriminalising sex work.  But instead they did nothing. While the Department of Justice did nothing, criminalisation of both buying and selling sex had resulted in an increase in HIV among sex workers, increased harm and has enabled abuse and corruption by police. Just last week the Deputy President said the country must get behind a National Sex Work Plan which recommends decriminasation of sex work. We can only conclude that the timing of the release is a smoke screen or PR stunt on … Continue reading →

Call for Applications: Art Action Academy

ARE YOU AN ARTIST OR CREATIVE PRACTITIONER? ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CHALLENGING PUBLIC PERCEPTIONS ABOUT SEX WORK IN SOUTH AFRICA? THEN YOU SHOULD APPLY TO ATTEND OUR ART ACTION ACADEMY IN MAY! The Center for Artistic Activism (C4AA), in collaboration with SWEAT – Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce and Sonke Gender Justice, invites artists (and creative practitioners of all kinds) interested in challenging dominant narratives about sex work to apply for a 5-day Art Action Academy to be held in Johannesburg from the 24th to 28th of May 2017. Many artists want to create work that has a social impact. Unfortunately, organizing a successful social-change campaign often isn’t part of an artist’s education. The Art Action Academy (AAA) will help socially-engaged artists make their work more impactful and better evaluate the effect of their work. Using a range of contemporary examples of organizing and activism from around the world, participants will study the ways cultural creativity has been employed for social change. We will explore ideas from cultural theory to cognitive science to mass communications. We will learn to apply these ideas through a mix of classroom style presentations and practical exercises designed to unlock our imaginations from the prison-house of the possible – and then to figure out how to make the impossible into reality, through new strategies and tactics. The workshop will culminate in a collaborative creative action on the 28th of May. The goal of the AAA is not merely to impart knowledge, but to access, organize and operationalize the creative, cultural and political resources possessed by artists themselves. In brief, the goal of the AAA is to have participants own their method to further develop as successful artists and effective activists. The workshop will be led by the Center for Artistic Activism and draw on the experience of SWEAT and Sonke in implementing creative activism in their advocacy to decriminalize sex work. Applicants should be based in South Africa and able to commit to participating for the full duration of the workshop. Travel, accommodation and meal costs for selected participants will be fully covered. Apply Online by the 10th of March This Art Action Academy is supported by the Open Society Foundations and Open Society Foundation for South Africa … Continue reading →