PODCAST: Academic Digest – Sex Work and Feminism in Africa

In this week’s edition of the Power Talk Academic Digest show, Aldrin Sampear speaks to maHp/ACMS doctoral researcher Ntokozo Yingwana about her Masters research that investigates and answers the question: ‘What does it mean to be an African sex worker feminist?’ The thesis does this by exploring the embodiment of the three identities – being an African, a sex worker and a feminist – and their intersectionalities with social dimensions such as race, class and gender within the African context. The aim of the work, Yingwana says, is for feminists to recognise each other as comrades in the struggle for gender and sexual liberation, thus strengthening solidarity across social justice movements.

[This podcast was originally broadcast on PowerFM’s Academic Digest show, on 22 September 2020: The Academic Paper: Sex work and feminism in Africa.]

About Ntokozo Yingwana

Ntokozo Yingwana joined the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS, at the University of the Witwatersrand) in April 2016 as the Communication and Research Uptake Officer, and a PhD Candidate. Ntokozo holds a Masters in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, at the University of Sussex in England), funded by the Chevening UK Scholarship. Prior to joining ACMS she worked for IDS as the Content Coordinator for the Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit.

Ntokozo’s experience and skills are in journalism, online media, advocacy, open access/knowledge and research. She freelances as an Online Media Consultant, Digital-storytelling Trainer, and Researcher. However, her main passion lies in gender, sexuality and sex worker rights’ activism in Africa. In the past she has worked for the Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), the African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP).

Under maHp Ntokozo supports the project’s communication and research uptake.