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Remembering Mrs. Anne Marden
Philanthropist Mrs. Anne Marden passed away on 31 May. We are deeply grateful for her care for the underprivileged, especially the marginalised groups, in the society, and her passion and contribution towards the social development of Hong Kong. 
Mrs. Marden had been supporting AFRO since early years. We are thankful for her generous donation and her participation, as a member and the patron of AFRO. We cherish the memories of her joining us for the AGM, for the fund raising walk, and for the anniversary celebration. In our hearts she will stay forever... 
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Dragon Boat Festival Rice Dumpling Sachet Ornament
A few days before the Dragon Boat Festival, on 30 May, AFRO and fellow sisters celebrated the festival together online, by playing a quiz game about the Dragon Boat Festival, and making two different scented rice dumpling-shaped sachets.
Fellow sisters found the DIY workshop interesting. They were happy with the finished products and more importantly enjoyed spending time together with other fellow sisters. We look forward to our next gathering with fellow sisters. Together we can explore something new and fun.
Visit Yau Tsim Mong DHC Express
Target: Fellow sisters living or working in Yau Tsim Mong District
Activities: 1) Visiting the centre and learning about the services/activities; 2) Nutritionist sharing tips for eating out; 3) Stretching for pain relief  
Date: 13 June 2022
Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Venue: Pioneer Centre, Prince Edward, Kowloon
Fee: Free
Quota: 10 people 
For enquiry and registration: 27701002 / 96698108 (WhatsApp)
Knowing HIV/AIDS: Transmission and Prevention
HIV/AIDS and STIs prevention should not be completely new to fellow sisters. Whether you'd like to just make sure or to know more, it's still worth spending a few minutes watching this interesting video supported by grant funding from Gilead Sciences Inc. and produced by AFRO to review the basics about Transmission and Prevention of HIV/AIDS! (Watch video)
Feature -- Stress and Fear
In the past years, the pandemic has had huge impact on the economy and fellow sisters’ work. Many of them have to switch to different workplaces to cope with the changes in the social environment. However, in a new and unfamiliar environment, fellow sisters are exposed to danger.
Man Man who works in a hotel has to face all kinds of threats: violence, theft, robbery... used to live in fear and emotional distress... Under the pandemic, mental health has become a major problem that cannot be ignored. We all need to pay close attention to our own emotional changes. Let Man Man share with you her experience of sudden mental distress and how she responded
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AFRO News Reading

India's sex workers win new rights, but still fear police violence
(The Washington Post, 30 May 2022)

A long-awaited ruling by India's Supreme Court has expanded the rights of sex workers by defining prostitution as a profession, ordering an end to police violence and affirming health and labor protections introduced during coronavirus lockdowns. 

Sex workers, long marginalized in India, hailed the court's landmark May 19 decision but said guaranteeing their hard-won rights will be an ongoing battle... (Read more) 

AFRO's Comments:

What an exciting week for sex workers around the world! Apart from India expanding the rights of sex workers, Belgium has also finally decriminalised sex work.
Besides providing more legal protection against violence and abuse, decriminalisation also signifies recognition of sex work as a profession, sex workers' rights of work, their better control on their work and access to resources in the society.
Though it is still a long way to bring sex work to complete equality, we believe that decriminalisation is still a first and crucial step towards the ultimate goal.

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