Ntokozo Yingwana initially joined the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS, at the University of the Witwatersrand) in 2016 as the Communication and Research Uptake Officer, and subsequently became a PhD Candidate.
Yingwana holds a Masters in gender and development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS, at the University of Sussex in England), funded by the Chevening UK Scholarship. Prior to joining ACMS she worked for IDS as the Content Coordinator for the Open Knowledge and Digital Services Unit.
Yingwana’s experience and skills are in journalism, online media, advocacy, open access/knowledge, and research. She occasionally freelances as an Online Media Consultant, Digital-storytelling Trainer, and Researcher. However, her main passion lies in gender, sexuality, and sex worker rights’ activism in Africa.
She has worked for the Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT), and currently serves on its board. She occasionally consults for the African Sex Worker Alliance (ASWA), and the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Her doctoral study is titled: ‘Queering Sex Work and Mobility in southern Africa: How does migration/mobility/movement influence gendered sexualities in sex work?’.