Who do you work with?:
We work with female sex workers with a main focus on LBQ and Urban Refugees living and working in Uganda including different partners with whom we share a common goal.
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?:
Our entire mandate is addressing the needs of female sex workers with a main focus on LBQ and Urban Refugees who are fully part of our leadership such as management and governance hence the overall decision makers. Our members are the direct beneficiaries of all our projects and programmes mainly aimed at promoting health and human rights of LBQ and Urban Refugee sex workers living and working in Uganda.
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:
In Uganda both sex work and homosexuality are socially, religiously and legally unacceptable which leads to heightened discrimination and stigma towards LBQ and Urban Refugee sex workers due to different perceptions in relation to inter-sectional ties hence obstacles to substantial health care services, legal protection and social services.
Describe other areas of your work:
We mainly focus on promoting health and human rights through capacity building, evidence based advocacy and economic empowerment .