ODWI – Nigeria

Project Info

Project Description

Ohotu Diamond Women Initiative (ODWI) is a non-profit, community-Based Organisation established in 2011, registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission under the companies and Allied Matters Decree of 1990. A Board of Trustees governs ODWI while a coordinator, assisted by several staff oversees the running of the organization.

The organization for sex workers and run by sex workers is based in Lagos, Nigeria and it is responsible for the socio-economic wellbeing of sex workers nationally.

Our focus is in mobilising sex workers to speak on issues affecting them. We work with adult sex workers working in brothels, on the streets, from homes, migrants with base in Lagos State. We also work with brothel directors, managers, chairladies and the police.

We also partner with health workers, human rights organizations, policymakers and local government authorities to ensure issues affecting our members are addressed.

We work to empower sex workers to conduct sex work in a professional manner that addresses their needs, their community and their clients. Work within the community is through a participatory approach wherein the community analysis their problems, design, plan, implement, monitor and evaluate programmes that address their needs in partnership with capable technical partners.

ODWI promotes the sexual & reproductive health rights of our members, ensure effective communication. We also do HIV and AIDS programming, advocacy, capacity building, research, and networking.

In summary, ODWI does the following:

  • Campaigns against criminalization of sex work and calls for its recognition as a profession
  • Advocates for universal access to health care, HIV, SRH, legal aids
  • Advocates against violence from police and society, intimate partners and human right abuses such as coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids, and forced rehabilitation
  • Challenges stigma and discrimination against sex workers, families and partners. It also advocates for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers

WORK DONE SO FAR

  • Training of 20 Female Sexual Workers on HIV prevention and human right supported by the Red Umbrella Fund (RUF) -2015
  • Training on the human right for Most At Risk Population (MARPS) organized by UNDP on the Municipal Action plan activity for MARPS
  • International Sex Workers Right Day 2013; we did a rally and marched to meet with the Shomolu LGA Chairman. We came up with a sex workers Charter, which discusses issues of low knowledge about prevention methods, contraceptives, abortion and sexually transmitted infections
  • Advocacy to the Police to discuss Police abuse of FSWs
  • Press release to commemorate International Sex Workers Right Day 2016
  • Ohotu was part of the research project titled: Female Sex Workers and Access to HCT and STIs Management Services in Lagos State South West Nigeria with Equitable Health Access Initiative in 2015
  • Ohotu worked with SAFEHAVEN, an American Embassy supported the project, to run an HIV positive support group

We are about to launch a Population Council Clinic in Yaba. It will be a Most At Risk Population-friendly clinic.