Posts In: Sisonke

Bua Modiri (2019)

June 24, 2019 0 Comments

Bua Modiri is Setswana for “speak out worker”. The name was chosen by a group of sex workers during a Sisonke meeting. Participants in this project were asked to focus on messages specific to their occupation.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 17, 2018)

December 13, 2018 0 Comments

This issue brings us to the end of 2018 with a reflection on Sisonke’s 8th Annual National Meeting, and celebrates the movements resilience.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 16, 2018)

September 6, 2018 0 Comments

In this issue, as with the previous ones, Izwi Lethu: Our Voice continues to advocate for the decriminalisation of sex work and educate not only Sisonke members but also other sex workers and the general public about the challenges encountered in the industry.

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“I’m not a feisty bitch, I’m a feminist!” Feminism in AWAKE! Women of Africa

February 19, 2018 0 Comments

Although being an African, a sex worker and a feminist are often considered to be incongruent identities, in certain embodiments they intersect and inform each other. This Profile highlights what feminism can learn from analysing sex workers’ rights activism among a group of Cape Town-based sex worker feminists called AWAKE! Women of Africa.

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Sex Workers Organising for Change: Self-representation, community mobilisation, and working conditions (SA chapter)

February 7, 2018 0 Comments

In the South Africa chapter of this Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) report, maHp researcher and PhD candidate Ntokozo Yingwana documents how the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) and national sex worker movement Sisonke deal with human trafficking in the sex industry.

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‘MoVE 2017: Two Arts-based Research Projects’ exhibition launch

February 1, 2018 0 Comments

VIDEO: On 21 November 2017 the ”Two Arts-based Research Projects’ exhibition was launched at the Workers’ Museum (Newtown).

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 15, 2017)

January 24, 2018 0 Comments

This is the last issue of Izwi Lethu of 2017. Our reporters have worked hard throughout the year to bring you stories from meetings, creative spaces, and our community.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 14, 2017)

January 23, 2018 0 Comments

It was just the month of the celebration of women in the world and roses are still all over! Our Izwi Lethu team has been hard at work to bring you this edition.

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Making Research and Building Knowledge with Communities: Examining Three Participatory Visual and Narrative Projects with Migrants Who Sell Sex in South Africa

November 15, 2017 0 Comments

In this chapter, maHp researchers Elsa Oliveira and Jo Vearey present and discuss three related participatory arts-based research projects conducted in partnership with Sisonke: the national sex worker movement in South Africa.

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MoVE, participation, and partnerships

October 20, 2017 0 Comments

A consistent aspect of method:visual:explore projects (MoVE) has been the partnerships that create the conditions necessary for various projects to occur. Most MoVE projects usually occur in some partnership with a specialist social organisation, and sometimes, with another research body. This post takes stock of some of these connections.

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Notes on Stitching our [HIV] Stories: Activist Quilts

August 28, 2017 0 Comments

Visual researcher Quinten Williams shares his notes and reflections on the Stitching our [HIV] Stories: Activist Quilts project’s origins, the workshop process, and the exhibition of the work.

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A productive tension in the messages from Nelspruit and Makhado

Visual researcher Quinten Williams provides some thoughts on the partnership that underpins the research and social activism of the Sex Worker Poster Project.

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A day to day account of a participatory arts-based workshop

This blog entry offers a facilitator’s glance into the day to day activities that comprise a participatory arts-based workshop conducted in partnership with a grassroots activist organisation.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 13, 2017)

June 15, 2017 0 Comments

The first edition of Izwi Lethu 2017 has landed in your hands. The reading and empowering of the mind has begun.

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May 23, 2017 0 Comments

Hushke, S. (ed) (2017) KNOW MY STORY MoVE and ACMS: Johannesburg

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 12, 2016)

December 15, 2016 0 Comments

Thanks once more for making time to choose to read Izwi Lethu! 2016 has been a great year this far as we about to welcome 2017.

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Stitching our [HIV] Stories: activist quilts exhibition

November 1, 2016 0 Comments

Made collectively by members of the Sisonke National Sex Worker Movement, these powerful quilts chart a twenty-year struggle against healthcare discrimination, police harassment and community stigma.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 11, 2016)

September 15, 2016 0 Comments

Finally the long awaited 21st International AIDS Conference was successfully held for the second time in history and for a whole week in Durban, South Africa.

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

‘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.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 10, 2016)

June 15, 2016 0 Comments

This is the first issue for the year 2016. And you are only getting to taste the goodness that we have been preparing for you over the past six months now.

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

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.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 9, 2015)

December 17, 2015 0 Comments

We have come to the end of 2015 and have had a wonderful time. There have been exciting activities throughout the year. These include the SAYAS Symposium, WOTRO workshop, ASIJIKI Launch, among others.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 8, 2015)

October 17, 2015 0 Comments

As we draw close to the end of the year there is a series of exciting events lined up. These include Sixteen Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse, World AIDS Day, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, and many more!

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 7, 2015)

October 16, 2015 0 Comments

Warm greetings from the sunshine of Limpopo! Eleven participants from the 2014 MoVE project Volume 44 were reunited once more in Musina from the 24th to the 27th of August.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 6, 2015)

September 15, 2015 0 Comments

Spring is here and summer is around the corner! It’s now time to dress down and stay refreshed with Izwi Lethu: Our Voice.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 5, 2015)

August 17, 2015 0 Comments

It is with much sadness to learn that there isn’t just harassment of sex workers by members of the South African Police Services (SAPS) but unnecessary brutality.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 4, 2015)

July 17, 2015 0 Comments

In this edition, we present you with a bigger than usual rendition of your beloved Izwi Lethu: Our Voice.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 3, 2015)

May 17, 2015 0 Comments

The spirit of openness has seen a lot of nations succeed! Singing with one voice as a multitude has enabled others from far off places to hear the song sung from beyond their borders.

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 2, 2015)

April 17, 2015 0 Comments

Sisonke Sex Workers Movement and the African Centre for Migration & Society would like to express our sincere gratitude to you all who have received the first issue of our newsletter positively and gave encouraging feedback

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Izwi Lethu (Issue 1, 2015)

March 17, 2015 0 Comments

Sisonke Sex Workers’ Movement Gauteng, in conjunction with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), with the support of the Open Society Foundation (OSF), is proud to render a first of its kind newsletter, Izwi Lethu: Our Voice, by sex workers!

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