KESWA – Kenya

Project Info

Project Description


The Kenya Sex Workers Alliance was formed in 2010 after the establishment of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA), which founded in 2009 at the first ever African Sex Worker conference held in Johannesburg. The conference brought together over 200 sex workers from 10 African countries. KESWA became the first operational country coalition then proceeded by, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, and Nigeria.

KESWA Structure

The Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA) is a coalition led by male and female sex workers led groups, organisations, and individuals. The coalition’s operations are spearheaded by a steering committee.

Our Mission

Our mission is to contribute to improved Human Rights status of all Sex Workers by designing and implementing innovative, evidence-based and cost-effective Advocacy campaigns capable of influencing public policy and practice in the field of Human Rights.

Our Vision

Creating a society in which all sex workers are able to enjoy the fundamental rights and are free from Violence.

Our Coalition Partners

The Kenyan Sex Workers Alliance comprises of more than 30 organizations, varying from health to human rights organizations, women’s rights groups, donors, government institutions and LGBTI groups etc.

The following organizations that have shown tremendous interest in the establishment of a sex workers movement and are ready to work and support the Kenyan Coalition in the co-running and implementing of its activities.

  • Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Program- (BHESP)
  • Keeping Alive Society’s Hope- (KASH) Kisumu
  • Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)
  • Chaani Post Test Club
  • Health Options for Young Men in Aids and STIs (HOYMAS)
  • Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP) clinic
  • International Centre for Reproductive Health-Kenya (ICRHK)
  • National AIDS&STD Control Programme (NASCOP)
  • Liverpool VCT
  • Open Society Initiative for East Africa (OSIEA)
  • Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
  • KELIN-Kenya
  • Fahamu
  • Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
  • Bunge la Mwananchi Movement
  • Identity Kenya
  • Nyanza Sex Workers Alliance
  • HAPA Kenya
  • Warembo Sasa

Key activities

Our activities are targeted and informed by the community. These include:

  • Human rights awareness and advocacy
  • Community outreach
  • Legal Aid and Support