Inequality is one of the pillars of the world economy. Every individual and organization has a role to play in mobilizing skills, talents, and life experiences to move towards a more just and equitable world where all have what they need to survive and thrive in life. Part of KESWA's contribution towards economic empowerment is our poultry farm project in Kajiado. The farm is tend to by sex workers. There is no doubt that a woman's economic empowerment is very much interconetcted with her health and the well-being of her children, thus this goes a long way in improving the living standards of female sex workers involved in the project. There is no limit to what we can achieve if we put our minds into it.
The last week saw sex workers, representing almost all the regions across Kenya come together for the Sex Workers Advocacy Training. The main aim for this was to equip the various groups with better, diplomatic and sovereign problem solving approaches towards their day to day challenges.
The three-day intense SW advocacy training was summed up by the KESWA 2021 annual report launch. The launch, branded "More than resilience" saw KESWA give a detailed report of it's 2021 activities. This is a huge leap for KESWA's cause while at the same time ensuring the organisation's strategic plan is still in full effect. As sex workers we are more than resilient, moreover, we are just getting started.
Click to download KESWA's 2021 annual report
I love consensual sex, I hope you do too. That's the purest form of intimacy within the land. Skin to skin, breathe to breathe, heart to heart...I'd go on and on even maybe write a poem about it. However, this isn't the case among everyone. It's still important for the parties involved to be on the same page. Having had sex with someone before, doesn't automatically mean they'd want the same ordeal again, same place same time kind of agreement. "We've had sex before is not consent" If they say "Yes" then change my mind, it's not consent. The same goes with flirting. All hints could point towards y'all banging but if they don't say yes, you do not have their consent. One's silence does not necessarily mean they are okay with it. Please get consent first. Likewise, the absence of a "No" doesn't meant you have consent. If it's not your body it's not your decision. PERIODT!
Sex work is regarded as a legal occupation but is subject to special laws and regulations which still violate basic human rights, impedes access to health care and perpetuates violence. The state exerts and sustains various control over sex workers which is greater than control in other forms of employment. Although prostitution is not criminalised by Federal law, municipal by-laws may prohibit it. (Nairobi banned all sex work in December 2017). It is illegal to profit from the prostitution of others, and to aid, abet, compel or incite prostitution. (Sections 153 and 154 of the Penal Code).
Kenya,Tanzania and south Sudan sex workers leaders paid a courtesy call to their counterparts at Ladymermaid Uganda. This was aimed at learning about sex workers led programs in each country. This is a big part of capacity strengthening and community learning, iron sharpens iron.
Thirteen years is enough time to look back and reflect where we have come from. As with any other social justice movement, we, as sex workers, can now begin to look back and appreciate the work we have done so far. It’s never easy being the Coordinator of a national movement and as an activist, it has taught me so much. KESWA has experienced its ups and downs but the commitment of sex workers and organisations has not waned.
Our strategic plan was developed with our members' needs in mind while also looking into the future. It was a much-needed consultative process with input from every stakeholder. I continue to look forward to the growth of KESWA as we continue working in accordance with our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan.
Click to download KESWA's strategic plan 2021-2024
Elections is fast approaching in Kenya. Thus, KESWA will be closing it's Offices from the 8th to 12th of August thereafter followed by our Annual silent week from the 15th to 19th of August 2022
We will effectively resume our functions on Monday August 22nd 2022. We look forward for a peaceful elections ahead. Vote for a better future!
Today, the #HIV Prevention 2025 Road Map 10-point Action Plan launched at #AIDS2022. It’s success hinges on: Community investment, Accountability , Greater youth leadership and Ending inequalities & Keeping the #LGBTQ community #SexWorkers and #PWD in lead. The roadmap intends to conduct a data driven assesment of HIV prevention programme needs and barriers.The roadmap also adopts a precision prevention approach that focuses on the key and priority populations to develop national HIV prevention goals aligned to 2025 targets. In the road map, the country investment needs for an adequately scaled HIV prevention response is defined. Furthermore, sustainable financing for the above is ensured.
Imagine a future in Kenya in which sex workers live free from stigma and discrimination; free from all forms of violence; do not face legal punishment; sex worker’s rights are respected; enjoy universal access to health services and suppport; have free choice of employment and economic security; and where sex work is recognized as work and not criminalized and conflated with trafficking.
Did you know that using internal condoms can increase pleasure during sex? Another fun fact is that if properly used it ensures safety from STIs. The inner ring stimulates the tip of the penis while the external ring rubs against the vulva and the clitoris - double pleasure, double trouble. KESWA advocates for safe and protected sex. For emergencies, get in touch with KESWA through our toll free line 0800 720 262 or call 0780 225 813.
Self-care is the ability of individuals, families & communities to: Promote health, Prevent Disease, Maintain Health, cope with illness & disability With or without the support of a health worker.
Ensuring the right to health for all requires a fundamental in our health systems. Self-care interventions for sex-workers is also key. Consolidating guidelines on self-care interventions for health is important. KESWA is a body that embraces self-care. When individuals are given the opportunity to become active agents in their health, not merely passive recipients of health services, their health outcomes improve. Self-care can pave the way towards better health and a world where everyone is able to realize their right to health.