SLUM - Serving Lives Under Marginalization

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Location

Wakiso
Uganda
Contact email: 
slumorg@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
Female and male sex workers and their families, their clients, KP led and or ally grass-root organizations, priority populations (young men and women), slum dwellers (people in informal settlement) and other human right and Sexual and Reproductive Health CSOs.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
Sex workers are involved at all decision making levels of SLUM i.e. the management committee and the secretariat which is led by a sex worker as the Executive Director.
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. Failure to access justice due to legal status of sex work; sex work in Uganda is considered illegal and so whoever is involved in sex work is arrested by law enforcers who at times abuse the suspect in terms of demanding for sex, money and other material before the bail out the arrested sex workers. This exposes sex workers to unfriendly working environments and increasing risk of sexual and gender based violence by their clients because they fear to report to police since they can not access justice when at police stations. 2. Inaccessible sexual and reproductive health services due to norm and values; HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are high amongst sex workers because some intend to engage in unsafe sex (unprotected sex is paid for highly by some clients) and or lack of access to SRH information that limits their utilization to SRH services.
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