We are excited to share with you a new project from NSWP (the Global Network of Sex Workers Projects). They will be doing features on sex worker leaders from around the globe to show the rich histories of the sex worker rights movements, as well as the textured lives that sex workers live.

If you are reading this as a potential volunteer we urge you to learn our histories, especially beyond newspaper headlines which misrepresent our genders, call us by our wrong names, and tell but only part of our stories. Beyond academics who see us only as “vectors of HIV transmission” or social problems to be solved. Please enjoy!

John Mathenge Photo


The sex worker rights’ movement is an extremely dynamic and diverse movement with an incredible mix of individuals who together advocate for the human rights of sex workers the world over. Sex workers leading grassroots activism and community building are an imense inspiration for other activists and advocates who are dedicating so much of themselves in the struggle to have the human rights of sex workers recognised and upheld the world over.

We will be profiling sex worker leaders regularly and if you would like to nominate someone to be profiled and recognised as a sex worker leader, please email communications [at] and let us know!

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