Uganda Network for Sex Work -Led Organisations (UNESO)

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Who do you work with?

UNESO, legally known as Network of Key population service organizations, works with all sex worker led organizations and groups in their diversities

How are sex workers involved in your organisation?

UNESO is a network that coordinates sex worker led organizations across the country in their diversities. The leaders of the organizations are involved at all levels. They decide what should be done by participating in strategic planning of the network. 95% of the board members are sex workers.

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

1. Violations of sex workers rights which is triggered by the fact that sex work is religiously, culturally and legally unacceptable in Uganda.
2. Access to quality and friendly health care services

Describe other areas of your work

UNESO is Network, and the voice that advocates for human and labour rights of sex workers in Uganda UNESO is a vibrant and united sex worker led movement for and by sex workers to uphold their dignity, promote and protect their human rights Advance the wellbeing and wellness of members