TO LIVE FREELY IN THIS WORLD, sex worker activism in Africa

: Mgbako (C.)

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244pp., illus., map, paperback, New York, 2016


"A detailed study of the history and ongoing activism of the sex workers’ movement in Africa. It shows how this young movement is blossoming – despite pervasive challenges – and contributes an African perspective to feminist debate about sex work. Based on a wide range of interviews and participant observation from fieldwork in seven focus countries (Botswana, Kenya, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa, Uganda, and Nigeria), the author argues that African sex worker activists determine their social and political fate through strategic, informed choices ... As scholars endeavor to fill literature gaps related to sex workers’ rights (in Africa, as well as centering on movements in the United States, Europe, and Asia), this book provides a critical resource for policy makers, students, and those interested in furthering their knowledge of debates related to sex workers’ rights." Human Rights Review

"To say this is a groundbreaking book is an understatement. Well-written and elegant, Mgbako's research reveals the rise of African sex work activism and the ongoing trials and tribulations of organizing in the face of economic, social, and political adversity. As one of the world's foremost scholars on sex work in Africa, Mgbako'sincisive analysis allows us to explore questions of human rights, consent, and coercion in the sex work context. This book will change the conversation about sex work in Africa, and globally, while forcing those who resist sex worker organizing to confront a movement that has only just begun." Aziza Ahmed,Northeastern University

Chi Adanna Mgbako is Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic in the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School.