EBIGERI UNITED SELF HELP GROUP

Location

Nyanza
Kenya
Contact email: 
oebigeriunited@yahoo.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with male, female and transgender sex workers, clients, thirds parties, families, partners and friends.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
We work with female sex workers as well as male sex workers in bars, hotels, managers of various places of work and partners not forgetting the children of sex workers in terms of our health (reproductive), our human rights which are mostly violated by the clients,managers and even partners, respect for our work by both stakeholders
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: 
The major challenges for sex work in our community are among others; HIV/AIDS, the culture of oue community,attitude of the community towards sex work, rape and other forms of sexual abuse, stigma and discrimination, lack of information, human rights violation by law enforcement officials ,failure to access proper health care,illiteracy among sex workers necessitating poor bargaining on safer sex that is also generated from extreme poverty
Describe other areas of your work: 
We are involved in the education of children of the sex workers by making sure that they go to school by paying for them school fees, buy uniforms and books for them too. Also we empower the families of the sex workers in improving their way of living by starting other sources of income generation. At the same time , we fight for leadership among them so as to go and defend their rights.