Uganda Network for Sex Work -Led Organisations (UNESO)

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Location

Kampala
Uganda
Contact email: 
uneso2015@gmail.com
Phone: 
Who do you work with?: 
UNESO works with female, male, transgender, lesbian and bisexual sex worker led organisations and groups
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
UNESO is coordinated by a sex worker, the steering committee members are sex workers who make decisions and strategic direction for the network. The member organisations are sex work led
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: 
Criminalization of sex work which fuels discrimination and stigma and violation of sex work’s rights. Limited opportunities and resources or funding for sex work programing
Describe other areas of your work: 
The main purpose of the Network is to coordinate, empower, strengthen and build the capacity of sex work led organization UNESO exists to uphold the voices of sex workers in Uganda, coordinate and connect organisations that advocate for the rights of female, male and transgender sex worker.
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