Grace KamauRegional Coodinator
Grace Kamau- is an advocate for health and human rights of key populations including sex workers, LGBTI and People Who use drugs. Grace has also worked as a consultant for the Global Network of Sex Worker Project where she documented the lived experiences of sex workers and examples of good practice informing development of advocacy tools strengthening sex worker led groups’ engagement with HIV policy makers, programmers amplifying their voices locally, regionally and globally. A graduate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Grace holds a bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Sociology and Political Science.
Rachael KamauFinance & Operations Manager
Rachael Kamau is the Finance & Operations Manager at ASWA with over eight years experience working as an administrator. She is in-charge of finance and administration tasks. Besides, she’s skilled in Human Resource and Logistic Operations. She holds a Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations from the Kenya Technical University, a certificate in Information Technology (IT) and Monitoring and Evaluation. She has vast knowledge and skilled in person-centered counseling approach and trained HIV/AIDS peer educator.
Rose WanjikuPolicy & Advocacy Officer
She is a media expert with more than 10 years experience in, writing, editing, web content and social media management. She is a graduate of @WomeninNews programme at Wits University. She holds a BA in media and creative arts from Moi University. Besides media work, Rose is passionate about human rights and has collaborated in various projects with women and Key Population groups for the last 10 years
Grace NyarathAfrica Leadership Sex Worker Academy (ALESWA ) Programme Coordinator
Grace Nyarath is a feminist human rights defender who possesses experiences, expertise and leadership in sex work, empowerment, training, capacity building and program management experiences. As a feminist her main objective is to keep pushing for sex workers agenda in a feminist view to achieving their gender equality, advocate for intersectionality and challenging patriarchy and power structures
She holds a higher Diploma in Counselling Psychology and Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation alongside assorted Professional Trainings, Trauma Counselling, Certified TOT in Feminist Leadership and Movement Building. She has worked in multi-sectoral team in various organizations handling various projects related to the wellbeing of sex workers at IRDO, LVCT Health, and KISWA.
Bonface GakuruAdministration & Operations
He is an inspired human rights advocate who passionately resists forms of human rights abuses and oppression, particularly sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
He is a graduate from the SWAA academy and also Human Rights Paralegal Training Program
Bonface is a trainer and a facilitator in SWAA academy where he enables the participants to learn more effectively; to collaborate and achieve synergy. He is a 'content neutral' party who by not taking sides or expressing or advocating a point of view during the training, can advocate for fair, open, and inclusive procedures to accomplish an effective training.``
He has skills in cordial relations and has a profound understanding of the importance of cordial relations especially within the staff, reputation management in the development and success of an organization. He is committed to providing organizations with positive interactions with all the stakeholders to maintain reputation, strengthen membership loyalty, and establish credibility.
He has extensive experience in advocacy, Capacity building.
CharlesMembership & Communications
Charles studied computer science at St Paul University, Nairobi Kenya and graduated in 2018.He is a website designer, he is also a web/content creator/curator. He is a Creative self-starter who can take information and transform it into something unique, authentic, and memorable. He is skilled at using technology and social media to increase visibility, build brand awareness and keep all stakeholders informed.
He is 2019 Human Right Campaign (HRC) Global Alumni, Global Innovative Advocacy at Washington DC U.S.A where he focused on innovation and communication for advocacy on Key population health and rights. His ultimate endeavor is focusing on transforming African health systems to promote uptake and sustainability of cutting-edge health innovations to advance Key Population health outcome.
He studied Communication and Research in University of Michigan. He was a Research Assistant with International AIDS Society/MPACT/NASCOP.
He also has a certificate in HIV Test and Counselling and also a Master TOT for Key Population (Certified by NASCOP Kenya)
His primary goal is to communicate the promotion and protection of equality and inclusion of all individuals and communities, and advance their meaningful participation in society
He was part of the advocacy task force that successfully campaigned for the inclusion of Key Population in Kenya’s National HIV Prevention Strategy-The Kenya Aids Strategic Framework(KASF) .
As a community mobilizer and communication focal point, he was part of the PrEP demonstration Project that informed the development of the Framework for the Implementation of PrEP in Kenya.
He is a Community Advisory Board (CAB) Member representing Key Population in KAVI (Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative)/ International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).
He is passionate about challenging the current punitive criminal laws which violate human rights for Key population.
Charles is keen to generate, analyse and utilise knowledge to dismantle systems and institutions of oppression on the marginalized and vulnerable communities as well as shape sustainable social justice movement in Africa.
Charles is a passionate pro-choice feminist; strongly committed to the promotion of women’s rights as well as dismantling heteronormative patriarchy.
He has advocated for Key Population Health agenda in the international scene where he has presented multiple abstracts highlighting their issues on the global and continental scene.