Phelister Abdalla is the National Coordinator of Kenya Sex Workers Alliance. She is a founder of African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) and one of the pioneers of the Sex Workers Movements in Africa. Before joining KESWA, Phelister worked for ICRH Kenya as a peer educator and zone leader leading in the organization’s advocacy and peer mobilization.
Phelister is on the front line in creating awareness and advocating for the rights of sex workers at national, regional and global levels including lobbying and advocacy for policy reform and leading in decriminalization of sex work process in Kenya.
She is known for her articulation in addressing critical issues such as stigma and discrimination; violence faced by sex workers, community of sex workers empowerment and inclusion of the sex workers agenda across the country and across Africa.
Her dedication to highlighting the issues of sex workers, places her as a strategic Key Populations ally to the Global network of sex work projects (NSWP) , Global Network of people living with HIV (GNP+) and the Global Fund acting as a regional expert on Global fund issues.
Phelister also serves on numerous committees and board of directors representing sex workers and Key Populations in Africa and globally.
Her expertise in advocacy ,lobbying and human rights has seen her travel to different countries like Ukraine, United States of America, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Kingdom of Cambodia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Uganda among many others.
Denis Nzioka is a sexual, and gender minorities’ activist, consultant, researcher, and journalist. His focus is on lesbian, gay, bisexual, Trans, intersex, men who have sex with other men, and sex workers in Kenya, and Africa.
He is an accredited journalist from the University of Nairobi, with training on Human Rights (East Horn of Africa Human Right Defenders), Media (Internews), and MARPs &HIV/AIDS (Muhimbili University of Health & Applied Sciences (Tanzania).
He has consulted for the Global Fund, MSMGF, Gay & Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, Population Council, Kenya Human Rights Commission, Global Network of Sex Work Projects, Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, and others. He has worked with various organisations in different capacities such as Fahamu (Reclaim Initiative), Gay Kenya (Communications), Identity Kenya (Editor), HOYMAS (Programs), National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (Research), and the Kenya National AIDS Control Council.
He has also authored articles for various media such as The Star newspaper, Pambazuka, Kenya Imagine, LGBT News, Freedom in Speech, and Gay Star News. In 2011, he co-edited Gay Kenya’s book My Way, Your Way or the Rights Way (Storymoja, 2011). He has been instrumental in the formation of several organisations in Kenya such as AFRA Kenya, HOYMAS, and GKT.
Further, he has been a contributor to various LGBTI and sex work related national and international policy papers e.g. UNAIDS: ‘Engaging Private Sector and Communities in the use of ICT for HIV Program with Gay Men and Other Men who have Sex with Men, 2015’.
He has been interviewed and featured in regional and international media. He was named as one of the World’s Top 10 Tweeters on Sexuality and Development by The Guardian’s Global Development Professional Networks.
His work has taken him to Cameroon, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, Cote D’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Switzerland, South Africa and Germany
Works with Smartladies Nakuru , she's enthusiastic about Sex workers rights.
Represents sex workers in the rift valley region
she works in Marsabit with Biqilitu , representing the sex workers in the north eastern
Is the executive Director of HOYMAS a male sex worker led organization in Kenya. He's on the forefront in advocating for sex workers rights and LGBTI rights as well
My name is Caroline Kemunto I am a female sex worker and currently the board chairperson for Kenya Sex Workers Alliance. I have been a sex worker for 13 years now and have had a reputation at national level as a champion for male and female sex workers health and human rights in Kenya. I am currently the programme manager for Survivors Organization, a sex worker led community group providing community led clinic services to male and female sex workers as well as advocating for their rights. I joined Survivors Organization after being trained as a peer educator and later as a peer paralegal. I have worked really hard to rise to my current position I am known for my strong approach and passion to human rights activism focusing on changing the narrative on violations of sex workers rights as well as that of other members of key populations. Survivors Organization serves 3300 female and male sex workers respectively in 5 sub counties in Busia.
In my entire life, I have focused my energy towards achieving social justice; enabling inclusive participation of sex workers in planning and decision-making, and advocating for the creation of an enabling environment that allows sex workers access health rights and improved protection of their human right.