KESWA Key Affected Population Health and Legal Rights Alliance

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Who do you work with?

The Kenya Sex Workers Alliance was formed in 2010 after the establishment of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) which founded in 2009 at the first ever African Sex Worker conference held in Johannesburg. KESWA is a coalition led by male, female and Transgender sex workers led groups, organizations and individual.

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

KESWA supports the rights of sex workers who come together in groups /individual to form the sex workers led partners that lie under the umbrella body movement( KESWA). Key affected population health and legal rights alliance (KESWA) is committed to sex workers health rights.The board members of KESWA are all sex workers. Sex workers are the decision makers of the movement.

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
Critique the trafficking paradigm that conflates representations of sex work, migration, and mobility
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

KESWA is a growing alliance of sex workers and sex worker partners seeking to contribute to social empowerment and economic justice for sex workers in Kenya. Its vision is Creating a society in which all sex workers are able to enjoy the fundamental rights and are free from Violence.

Describe other areas of your work

To contribute to improved Human Rights status of all Sex Workers by designing and implementing innovative, evidence- based and cost-effective Advocacy campaigns capable of influencing public policy and practice in the field of Human Rights.