Bridging the Gaps Sex Work Mozambique Pathfinder

Bridging the Gaps Sex Work Mozambique Pathfinder


HIV hits sex workers hard and disproportionately and it remains difficult for them to have control over the risks they face. Sex workers have to deal with a mix of legal, political and social factors that institutionalise stigma and social exclusion. The goal of Bridging the Gaps is to mitigate the impact of HIV and improve the social and political environment for sex workers. Pathfinder International and Tiyane Vavassate (sex worker-led organisation) aim to increase fulfilment of human rights by implementing a police training manual to sensitise police on human rights. Long-term activities will focus on the development and roll out of a needs assessment report on police attitudes, abuses and human rights violations against key populations in Mozambique.

Project details

Time frame
01 July 2017 - 31 December 2018
€ 207,914
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Partners under the Bridging the Gaps programme aim to end AIDS among key populations. If civil society is strengthened, if fulfilment of human rights for key populations is increased and if sexual and reproductive health is improved and HIV transmission reduced, governments will be hold to account and AIDS among key populations can end. Pathfinder and Tiyane focus on ensuring human rights for sex workers, by implementing police sensitisation training.

Community groups

Under the Bridging the Gaps programme, Pathfinder International and Tiyane Vavassate focus on training and sensitising police officers on human rights and in particular on the rights of key populations. Over the programme period, 45 police officers will be trained as trainers. They will be responsible for the roll out of the police sensitisation trainings across the country.


Mozambique is one of the few countries in the world without a legal position on sex work. And although sex work is not criminalised by Mozambican law, the law penalises assaults on public decency, like having sex in a public space or dressing indecently. Violence is one of the most important factors affecting the vulnerability of sex workers to HIV/AIDS. Violence often causes inconsistent condom use and stops sex workers from accessing necessary (legal) support and health care.

Between 2011 and 2012 HIV prevalence among sex workers in Maputo was estimated at 31 percent. HIV prevalence rates have been associated with excessive alcohol consumption and limited condom use. In 2013, 30 percent of annual new HIV infections occurred within networks of sex workers. Research from Aidsfonds shows that in 2016 70 percent of sex workers experienced violence in the past year.

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