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    KESWA

    About KESWA

    KESWA

    ABOUT US

    The Kenya Sex Workers Alliance is committed to examining the strengths and weaknesses of international human rights and domestic legal frameworks as they apply to sex work. The aim is to evaluate the impact of various international and domestic laws and policies on the human rights of female, male and transgender sex workers and their communities.

    Sex workers universally claim that their human rights are abused. In some cases this means exposure to violence and barriers to accessing services, resources and justice. In other cases they encounter arbitrary detention, criminal law and lack of access to clean and safe places to live and work in. As such, KESWA has taken on the mandate to:

    1. Strengthen the nascent sex worker groups and coalitions at the local, national and regional level.
    2. Strengthen relations with the mainstream human rights and women’s movements, progressive faith-based organizations and HIV/AIDS service providers in the region, and to encourage them to take up sex worker rights and needs.
    3. Explore ways of protecting sex workers human right defenders (paying particular attention to keeping activists in the region and strengthening them as activists during times of exile).
    4. Explore ways of remedying sex worker related violations, including public interest litigation as a strategy – when and how best to use it.
    5. Put sex worker health issues on the agenda of groups working in the heath field, particularly – but not exclusively – HIV and AIDS.
    6. Generate public discussion about sex workers issues and to engage with popular culture to challenge irrational hatred and fear of sex workers in order to promote a more progressive public discourse in the region on sexuality and sexual rights, particularly relating to the media, sports, theatre, poetry, film festivals, etc.
    7. Develop the role of and support for intermediaries, and how they might best support the sex workers sector in East Africa.
    Our Mission
    “A Kenyan Society that recognizes sex work as work and promote equal protection of human rights which are the foundational principles of our democratic society”
    Our Mission
    “A Kenyan Society that recognizes sex work as work and promote equal protection of human rights which are the foundational principles of our democratic society”
    Our Core Values

    Transparency: We are open and honest, and we seek to understand each other’s points of view and acknowledge disagreement. We keep our members up to date on the movements, activities and resources.

    Equality: We act in a way that is open, fair, accessible and equitable. We respect the views and aspirations of our members and colleagues. We put people first.

    Reliability: We honor our commitment and deliver on what we promise. We utilize all movements of resources in a responsible manner.

    Accountability: We take responsibility for our actions and omissions.
    Respect: We value the rights of sex workers to make informed choices about their lives. We demonstrate this by listening to our members and earn respect by being effective, professional and responsive to their needs.

    We value people’s individuality and independence and treat our members and colleagues in the way they wish to be treated.

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