Kisauni Peer Educators

Location

Mombasa
Kenya
Contact email: 
kisaunipeereducators@mail.com
Who do you work with?: 
We work with male, female and transgender sex workers, clients, third parties, families, partners and friends. The whole group is formed of female and transgender sex workers and their children, and we also partner with NGOs friendly to sex workers who provide trainings for our members on para-legalism, peer education skills and HTC training to some members with qualification.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Peer Education is involved in reproductive health issues with special emphasis on HIV/ STI linkage to treatment and care, HTC, cervical cancer screening, family planning and infection prevention. It is also involved with para-legal issues such as gender based violence {GBV} sensitization, advocacy for the right to access medical care and reduction of illegal arrests by both police and city askaries and with educating sex workers on human rights. We also promote the use of condoms and distribute them to fellow 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
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: 
Stigma and discrimination, violence from the county government, police, health providers, clients, and the community in general. The clients take the advantage that the count Governor is against Sex Workers to refuse to pay for the services offered, they sometimes go as far as killing sex workers. We recently lost one of our members who was stabbed by the client and when we took her to the health services the health providers neglected her because she was a sex worker.This led to her death and the police refused to arrest the perpetrator.
Describe other areas of your work: 
Area of advocacy and reproductive health because these are the most important to us.