Policy dialogue highlights double stigma of migration and sex work

By Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon, maHp Writing Fellow “From a migrant’s perspective from another country you face a double stigma as sex workers first because you are from another country, second because you are a sex worker in a country where sex work is criminalised” said Lindah, a Zimbabwean sex worker living in Limpopo. Lindah was representing … More Policy dialogue highlights double stigma of migration and sex work

Proud in Europe? LGBTI refugees, immigration authorities & the gay community in the EU

By Wim Peumans, ACMS Postdoctoral Fellow Last month Amsterdam was home to the Europride, a European LGBT event which takes place in a different European city every year. As a part of these festivities, the Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender and Sexuality, University of Amsterdam hosted a conference titled ‘Proud in Europe? LGBTI Emancipation in … More Proud in Europe? LGBTI refugees, immigration authorities & the gay community in the EU

Why migration patterns are so important to designing responses to HIV

By Ntokozo Yingwana, maHp Communication and Research Uptake Officer Significant strides have been made in the global response to HIV. But there is an urgent need to rethink the ways that prevention and treatment programmes are developed and implemented. There is a body of knowledge that highlights the important role of migration and mobility in mediating the … More Why migration patterns are so important to designing responses to HIV

Research, arts and advocacy: launch of Izwi Lethu project book

By Ntokozo Yingwana, maHp Communication and Research Uptake Officer ‘Izwi Lethu: a participatory arts-based project’ book was launched at the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and Sisonke office in Johannesburg last week. The publication focuses on the first year of the Izwi Lethu project: a newsletter by sex workers for sex workers. In … More Research, arts and advocacy: launch of Izwi Lethu project book

Between a rock and a hard place: Informal artisanal gold mining in Johannesburg

By Zaheera Jinnah, ACMS Researcher On the western periphery of Johannesburg, with the famous skyline of the city silhouetted in the early morning sun, Bongani is beginning another day of work. Here atop and surrounded by the mine dumps that founded the city more than a century ago, he is one of scores of people mining … More Between a rock and a hard place: Informal artisanal gold mining in Johannesburg

Exploring the Intersectionalities of Gender and Sexuality in Migration Studies

By Wim Peumans, ACMS Postdoctoral Fellow “Could you tell me what the difference is between a sex worker and someone who sells sex?” asks a member of the audience. “Well, we argue that some of these migrant women do not necessarily label themselves as a sex worker. They engage in a variety of strategies to maintain … More Exploring the Intersectionalities of Gender and Sexuality in Migration Studies

The Struggle Against Silence: Media Responses to Decriminalising Sex Work in South Africa and Zimbabwe

By Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon In March this year, Cyril Ramaphosa – the South African Deputy President – publicly indicated support for the decriminalisation of sex work when launching the first South African National Sex Worker HIV Plan.  In line with the South African Constitution, he made the statement that “sex work is essentially work as well” … More The Struggle Against Silence: Media Responses to Decriminalising Sex Work in South Africa and Zimbabwe

Op-ed: Sex workers essential to meeting new HIV targets

South Africa has committed itself to reaching the world’s latest batch of ambitious targets, but it will not meet them without sex workers, writes Ntokozo Yingwana. Last week, the Health Systems Trust launched the 19thedition of its annual South African Health Review, a report that outlines key issues affecting South Africa’s health system. For the first … More Op-ed: Sex workers essential to meeting new HIV targets