WHAT IS SISONKE?
Sisonke is a movement that was formed by sex workers because we were tired of being abused, isolated and not respected. Sisonke wants to unite sex workers across South Africa to stand up for ourselves.
We want to address the many difficulties we face, such as:
- Harassment by police.
- Unsafe and unfair working conditions.
- Abuse from clients, pimps and community members.
- Problems with access to services like social, health and police.
- Problems with access to banks or opening accounts.
WHAT DOES SISONKE STAND FOR:
Our vision is to see a South Africa where sex work is recognised as work, and where sex workers’ health and human rights are ensured.
As Sisonke our aim is to unite sex workers, improve our living and working conditions and fight for equal access to rights.
We know that united we will have a voice.
We do not want to be labelled as criminals.
We want the laws to change.
We want our rights to be respected like any other person in South Africa.
We demand the right to make a living.
HOW CAN SISONKE HELP SEX WORKERS?
As a member, you are part of a national movement which looks after your rights.
Sisonke helps you with:
Free advice and information – we partner with SWEAT to offer a 24/7 Counselling and referrals via the Help Line.
Outreach, including providing condoms and safe sex material.
Rights advice and referrals for legal support.
Life skills and training (e.g. computer skills, self-development, financial skills).
We are mobilising to fight for our human rights.
We are building a movement of visible, empowered and politically active sex workers who demand appropriate services, resist exploitation and support each other to challenge criminalisation.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Just because sex work is still illegal in South Africa, it does not mean that you don’t have rights.
Join Sisonke and help us fight together for your rights!
Attend Sisonke Creative Space once month to know more.
Contact us to find out about the nearest office to you.
Sisonke was launched in 2003 at a national sex worker meeting that was held in Worcester, in the Western Cape. We started with a group of 70 members from across South Africa. We chose the name Sisonke, meaning “we are together”.
Since then we have grown. We now have committees in four provinces, and we are planning to have committees in each province in a few years’ time.
Sisonke is also a member of the African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA) which unites sex workers from all over Africa.