In September 2009, 15 Nikat Charitable Association members graduated in basic computer applications at their Drop in Centre in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).
“I wasn’t doing sex work long before I heard about Nikat. They gave me training to use a computer and I worked for a year and a half using those skills”, said *Helen [video], who is one of the 9000 young women and girls who make a living from sex work in Addis Ababa.
Nikat is a sex worker organisation in Ethiopia established in 2006. It has developed from a small income generating project to a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides education, social support and health services in the capital and mentors 30 newly established sex workers’ co-operatives throughout the country.
Hennock Alemayehu (pictured with the graduates), the director of Timret Le Howit a local NGO that provides support and resources to Nikat said, “This is a kind of day which helps us to continue to work on our ambitious mission. This is a best example of sex workers’ empowerment.”
Cheryl Overs of the Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI) said, “This is exactly the kind of work needed to enable sex workers from developing countries to participate in research, programming and policy advocacy meaningfully and effectively.”
*Not her real name.
10 September 2009
Kate Hawkins, Paulo Longo Research Initiative (PLRI) blog
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By Rachael Canter