Flicker of Hope & Development Organization (CBO)

Who do you work with?

Flicker of Hope & Development Organization (CBO) aims at enhancing the capacity of youth advocates, young people, youth led organizations and policy makers to undertake Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocacy at international, regional, national and counties in Kenya to improve the quality, affordability and accessibility of health including SRHR information and services female, transgender sex workers, and families within Nyamira County of the republic of Kenya. 

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

Sex worker groups and organizations are Flicker of Hope & Development Organization’s members and they participate in deciding Flicker of Hope and development organization strategy and take part in Flicker of Hope & Development Organization Steering Committee. Flicker of hope & Development Organization also employs sex workers as consultants, trainers and translators.

Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face

In Kenya, where our organization is registered and working, they punish individual sex work and some of its aspects as administrative and/or criminal offence. Such situation reduces sex workers' access to health services and legal protection for fear of being arrested. It increases stigma around sex work. Human rights violations by law enforcement and medical institutions are a common issue that needs to be addressed and stopped in the project target area.

Describe other areas of your work

- Human and labor rights of all sex workers

- Health, sexual and reproductive health and rights of all sex workers

- Documenting, exposing and reducing violence against sex workers

- Increasing and securing the access and availability of high quality services for sex workers in the region 

- Strengthening the leadership and involvement of sex workers and their groups in decision making processes on local and national levels