Job Opportunity: Sex Workers Human Rights Defenders – Positions filled.

SWEAT is looking for Sex Workers Human Rights Defenders to be based in Durban (x1), East London (x1), Gauteng (x2) and Cape Town (x1). This person will work with the Advocacy and Law Reform Unit 5 days a week on a full-time basis (40 hours a week). The Human Rights Defender will be responsible for collecting data for all human rights violations of sex workers in their allocated province as well as following-up on specific cases. This will involve a lot of on the ground work – going out of the office to collect information and engaging stakeholders like the police and sex workers. The person should be/ is expected to have: High degree of accountability and ethics Ability to use a computer Must be able to write simple, clear reports Knowledge of human rights, and of the arguments for the decriminalisation of sex work Good communication skills – especially listening skills Must be able to build relationships with people and maintain them with respect, confidentiality and trust Ability to speak at least 2 South African Languages, including English If you have participated in any SWEAT/Sisonke trainings list them to your advantage Must be a sex worker C.V’s should be sent to nosiphov@sweat.org.za and ishtarl@sweat.org.za You can call 021 448 7875 and ask for Nosipho Vidima for more information. Alternatively please drop your C.V at your nearest SWEAT/Sisonke office. Applications Closing Date: 10 February 2017. If you have applied for this post and would like to confirm receipt of your CV, please call Nosipho Vidima by the 13th February 2017.  … Continue reading →

Press Release: Witbank Brigadier gives orders for the abuse of sex workers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Witbank Brigadier gives orders for the abuse of sex workers Brigadier Delisewa Motha from the Klipfontein Police Station in Witbank, Mpumalanga enforces unlawful raids against sex workers. Sex workers in the Witbank area have reached out to Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) and Re-Action! to complain about the gross abuse they experience at the hands of police officers at the Klipfontein police station. On the 31st of August 2016, police officers raided 4 homes in Witbank which is believed to be used by sex workers as brothels. The police officers assaulted the residents, vandalised their property and arrested 16 women and a security guard. One home owner was also arrested when he went to the police station to enquire about the people arrested. According to sex workers in Witbank the situation has been escalating since May this year. Abuses committed by the police include unwarranted raids, physical assaults, unlawful arrests, detention and refusal of chronic medication as well as damage to property. Efforts by NGO’s to address the abuse of power on the part of police has only resulted in escalating the violence. “Often, when we draw attention to the abuse of power by police, we see a backlash and increased police action – these events is a clear example of this” says Sally Shackleton, Executive Director of SWEAT. One woman reported that the police officers ordered her to strip naked and walk around a taxi rank close by. Another alleged that the police entered her home, pepper sprayed her children and told them that their mother is a sex worker. Mosima Kekana, Attorney at WLC said “she was very distraught, and as an attorney I was shocked at the violence we are hearing about”. Attorney Rahlagane, hired by WLC to assist those held in custody, was also harassed by the police when he went to enquire about his clients. The officers raided his car “looking for condoms” and threatened to call his wife should they find condoms in his car. Brigadier Motha, the policeman giving orders for the raids to be carried out, told the attorney that he had better get a place close by as she will be “cleaning up the streets”. As a coalition of organisations working in health and rights, we are extremely concerned about the gross human rights violations that are being committed by the police. … Continue reading →

Job Opportunity: SWEEEP Peer Educator – Position filled.

SWEAT is in the process of expanding its HIV Prevention Programme for sex workers in the Cape Town Metro area and requires the services of peer educators. Responsibilities The role of the peer educator is to act as a bridge between the programme and the sex worker community. The main role of the peer educator is to mobilise and recruit sex workers to access services that provide for their health, human rights and psychosocial needs. Peer educators are also responsible for providing sex workers with basic information about their health and human rights, with a focus on the prevention of HIV.  The specific duties of peer educators include: Case management. Outreach to sex workers and stakeholders. Workshop facilitation and/or co-facilitation. Networking with stakeholders. Administration and reporting. Requirements Previous experience on a sex work programme would be a recommendation Group and workshop facilitation experience would be a recommendation These positions are reserved for persons who are current or ex-sex workers. Previous experience on an HIV/AIDS programme would be a recommendation Knowledge of the sex work industry in Cape Town within brothels, streets and/or via the internet would be a recommendation. The ability to communicate effectively in English and one local language.   To apply, submit a CV and a motivational letter to eugenev@sweat.org.za by 29 June 2016 and include in the subject line: Peer Educator application (including your surname). … Continue reading →

Job opportunity: Nurse – Position filled.

SWEAT is a dynamic NGO which addresses the health and human rights of sex workers in South Africa. We are seeking to appoint a Nurse to be based at our Buffalo City Site Office in East London. The SWEEEP Programme (Sex Worker Empowerment and Enabling Environment Programme) is where our direct work with sex workers takes place around health and human rights. Within this programme we are operating a Global Fund funded programme to address HIV through a peer led outreach programme and are seeking a qualified nurse to join this team to offer sexual health services to sex workers including HIV counselling and Testing Services. Responsibilities will include: Performing routine nursing duties from an office base and a mobile outreach service with a focus on HIV counselling and testing, CD4 Counts, TB & STI screening, STI treatment, testing BP, sexual health, Glucose/diabetes; general wellness education; Referrals to other service providers, both government and non-governmental for follow up services where appropriate, related to treatment access, TB testing; Pap Smears etc. Managing and tracking referrals where appropriate; Provide mentorship and technical assistance to Peer Educators in relation to sexual health information and HIV counselling; Develop and maintain relations with health and psych-social services providers, both government and non-governmental; Reporting on all health interventions and referrals, per required monitoring and evaluation templates and reporting requirements; Liaise with the Peer Education Team on outreach activities, participate in team meetings and skills building of Peers related to health care; and Engage in relationship building with other health care providers to ensure referrals are accepted and followed up. Requirements Degree/diploma or relevant Nursing qualification; Registration with the South African Nursing Council as a Professional Nurse; Minimum two years of experience in HIV counselling and testing; Good communication, interpersonal, conflict management and negotiation skills; Computer literate in Microsoft Office suite; Valid code 08 driver’s license; Ability to work independently and as part of a team; Ability to communicate in isiXhosa and English; Passion for community health with a genuine interest in provision of quality healthcare to key populations; Prepared to work flexibly outside of office hours; and Possession of a valid driver’s license will be an advantage. To apply, submit a CV and a motivational letter to Jayne Arnott at jaynea@sweat.org.za by the 24th June 2016. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date consider your … Continue reading →