Dorothy Akoth Ogutu popularly known as “Daughtie Amarula or Amarula Gal” is the Regional Coordinator/ Executive Director of African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA). Born in 1984 in Nairobi, Kenya, she openly identifies as a sex worker, feminist and living with HIV for over 10 years.

She is a mother of 2; a 12 year-old son and a 3 year-old daughter. Daughtie is one of the pioneers of the sex workers movement and activism in Africa. She is among the sex workers who pioneered the exchange program between East and Southern Africa with SWEAT that led to the birth of ASWA in 2009. She is featured in the Book When I Dare to be Powerful, a memoir of 5 sex workers in East Africa highlighting sex workers empowerment and self-determination.

Daughtie has also worked with Fahamu, a Pan African social justice organisation where she developed a leadership initiative for sex workers in 5 African countries in East and Southern Africa. Known as Sex Workers Leadership Initiative (SWLI) and also dubbed POW WOW, is aimed at building 2nd tier leadership of sex workers across the East and Southern Africa Regions.

She has been on the forefront of creating awareness and advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work at local, national, regional and global levels.

Daughtie is also known for her articulation of the issues faced by sex workers in Africa and the globe. She has conducted over 50 interviews with local and international media stations. Her dedication to highlighting the issues of sex workers has earned her audiences with international human rights NGOs such as Amnesty International, UNAIDS and The Global Fund.
She serves on various committees and board of directors. Currently, she sits on the board of UHAI-EASHRI an, activist led LGBTI and Sex Worker Fund in Eastern Africa since January 2013. Before that, she served as a member of the Peer Grants Committee of UHAI from 2010- 2012. UHAI recently appointed Daughtie to serve in Africa Youth Taskforce to represent Key Populations for the Sustainable Development Goals in the Post 2015 Agenda.

She has also been a member of the UNAIDS regional think tank on Human Rights and Social Justice and UNDP KP regional experts Reference Group. She also served on the Peer Advisory Committee of the Red Umbrella Fund –that funds sex worker led organisations only globally.

Her hobbies include fashion, beauty, art and theatre and interior design.

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.

Kenneth Odero, the Finance and administration Manager, is charged with day to day financial managing, and resource use for ASWA. He holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce (majoring in Accounting). He has previously worked with BHESP, the oldest sex worker-led organisation in Kenya



Meshack Mbuyi joined African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) on  July, 1, 2016 as a Programme Officer under ASWA’s new Global Fund funded three year Key Populations – Representation, Evidence, and Advocacy for Change in Health (KP REACH) programme. As such, he is a key programme’s team member at ASWA.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Community Development from Kenyatta University, Kenya and MSc in Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University in the UK.

Before joining ASWA, Meshack worked with DSW Kenya as a regional staff in the organisation’s advocacy and communications unit. Prior to that, he worked as a part-time consultant with various key populations led organisations in Kenya on health and human rights issues.

He also undertook internship positions with esteemed NGOs and the United Nations around advocacy and communications contributing to the organisations’ advocacy agenda on among other things universal access to HIV and AIDS prevention/treatment services and environmental conservation through mobilisation, research and management of CSO networks and partnerships.

Millicent Dibondoh Awuor is a passionate human rights activist of all key populations and one day dreams of a world where everyone will be equal and free despite their gender and sexuality. She knows no single approach is the right for every individual.

She is trained in a range of modalities including peer education, drug abuse, family planning, advocacy, HIV and AIDS.

Currently, she is pursuing Project Management at the Kenya Institute of Management.

Rachael Kamau is the administrator at ASWA. She holds a Diploma in Public Relations from The Kenya Technical University previously known as The Kenya Polytechnic.

Rachel has eight years experience working as an administrator. She has worked with an organisation that advocates for the rights of sex workers and Key Populations. She is also a trained Trainer of Trainers with NASCOP Kenya.