Who do you work with?:
Transgender Equality Uganda is the first trans sex work led organisation in Africa which works to empower trans sex workers in human rights,economic rights and health rights and their well-being.
We raise awareness and we also partner with MARPS Network,African Sex workers' Alliance and female sexwork organisations such as WONETHA,Women Arise For Change and LMB.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
It consists of a board of directors where there's a sex worker representative and management of trans sex workers.The trans sex workers are involved in policy and decision making as a result of transparency.We do advocacy work,lobby,emergency response and referrals to hospitals to access free treatment. We also provide psychosocial support to those who are traumatized
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:
Police Arrest and Harassment.-Due to the dressing code of trans sex workers there is a lot of violations since most people believe that they are gay so there happens to collective rape,mob justice,torture, detention and humiliation in public thus leading to trauma. Health-Trans sex workers face discrimination and stigma in health care services because of who they are and health service providers have diffrent perspectives.
Describe other areas of your work:
To promote access to health care services including HIV prevention,care,treatment and support as well as legal and social services for transgender sex workers.
To organize and mobilize transgender sex workers to claim for their rights and allow their voices to be heard including advocating for fair and safe working conditions for transgender sex workers.