PITCH Sex Work Mozambique Pathfinder

PITCH Sex Work Mozambique Pathfinder


The goal of the project is to ensure equal access to health and legal services for sex workers and to have a strong civil society able to advocate for sex workers rights. Under PITCH, Pathfinder International aims to increase sex workers’ access to human rights through the dissemination of tools such as video documentations, monthly groups discussions involving health facilities and the cabinets under the Mozambican government and by developing an advocacy agenda for community-led organizations. There is an increased focus on building relationships with the government, stakeholders, allies and champions among the community.

Project details

Time frame
01 July 2017 - 31 December 2020
€ 469,088
Active in
India, Mozambique

Zambezia, Cabo Delgado, Sofala, Tete, Maputo Cidade, Maputo Provincia, Ibane, Nampula

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Partners under PITCH aim to beat the AIDS epidemic in countries that are most affected by HIV. If sex workers have equal access to HIV-related and sexual and reproductive services, if equal and full rights for sex workers are realised and if a strong civil society exists then sex workers will be able to work under safe conditions. Specific outcomes of Pathfinders work include sensitising health care staff and police on sex workers’ rights, strong advocacy for sex workers’ rights by using evidence of human rights violations and engaging stakeholders and allies to promote sex workers’ rights.

Community groups

Pathfinder International targets sex workers from Mozambique as well as police officers and health care workers. The project will be rolled out in 24 districts across 9 provinces, reaching 12 health facilities and 6 police departments. Under PITCH, Pathfinder International also targets Mozambican government officials, to lobby and advocate for seks workers' rights.


Mozambique is one of the few countries in the world without a legal position on sex work. 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. The absence of legislation leaves sex workers without the right to claim basic human and health rights and leaves sex workers subject to abuse and exploitation.

Results from an Aidsfonds study show that in 2016, 70 percent of sex workers in Maputo experienced violence in the past year. Clients and the police are the most common perpetrators. The increased risk of violence puts sex workers in situations that make them considerably more vulnerable to HIV and AIDS. 28% of sex workers report to be HIV positive and 13% reports not having regular access to HIV treatment.


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