-FAMILIES OF HOPE
-KENYA RED CROSS
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, this day has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence. In Kenya, every year organizations working for sex workers community that included both male and female come together, create awareness to the public and media on sex workers issues and rights and remember their colleagues who lost their lives in their line of duty.
2017, the event was marked on the 16th December been a Saturday. This day brought together various sex work led groups such as Hoymas, Keswa, Bhesp, KP Consutium, Warembo Sasa amongst others in marking the day. Due to lack of permit by the Nairobi County Police, we decided to conduct a peaceful march at the Freedoms Corner in the Central Business District. The event attracted around 500 both male and female sex workers from Nairobi area. Activists addressed some of the issues affecting sex workers and the way forward with the ongoing Motion at the Nairobi County Assembly that will promote and lead to arrests of sex workers in the Central Business District. It was a great chance to address the issue with the media houses who were present too. After the march, there was a road show to various parts of Nairobi, where activists interacted and created awareness with the public community on issues affecting sex workers.
Under the theme “Right to Health”, it was a great opportunity for us to create a platform to discuss PrEP as a new HIV prevention. Hoymas had banners that contained the message on PrEP, and our peers had some of the IEC materials that they distributed to the attendants.