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Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA)
kehpca_logoKenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA) is a community–based organization that brings together female, male and transgender sex worker led organizations with a vision of improving their human rights status through designing and implementing innovative, evidence-based and cost-effective advocacy campaigns that can influence public policy and practice in the field of human rights.


Kenya Sex Workers Alliance (KESWA) is a community –based organization that was founded in 2010 after the establishment of the African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) in 2009 in Johannesburg. It is a network of sex worker led organizations and community groups and individuals in Kenya. Presently, the coalition brings together 30 organizations from its original 8, among Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme 8 (BHESP); Health Options for Young Men on HI/AIDS and STI’s (HOYMAS); and Keeping Alive Societies Hope (KASH). As KESWA has continued to grow as an organization, it has managed to successfully source a diverse pool of financial support including from the Global Network of Sex Workers (NSWP), UHAI, AIDS and Rights Alliance FOR Southern Africa (ARASA), The Red Umbrella Fund and Open Society Initiative of East Africa (OSIEA)

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Profile in Brief
Kenya Sex Worker Alliance
East Africa (Kenya)
Field of Work
Human rights
Reduced inequalities
Protection of sex workers
Health care services
Populations Served
Sex workers (Men and Women)
5 Full time
  • National AIDS Contract Council (member of KP Technical Working Groups)
  • Africa Sex Workers Alliance
  • National AIDS and STIs Control Program (NASCOP)
  • Kenya National Commission on Human Rights.
  • CDC


  • Regardless of the restrictive laws enforced by Kenya government, KESWA has managed to conduct their work with little interference by state. KESWA is presently a key partner with the Ministry of Health and is involved in the various technical working groups focused on health care service provision targeting key populations
  • KESWA has raised the profile of sex workers advocacy in the country through its mentoring role to female, male and transgender sex worker led organization and supported them to initiate advocacy initiatives at the grassroots level.


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Address: Off Thika Road, Opposite Kasarani Police Station
Nairobi, 47158-001000 Kenya
Tel: 0720 333 141 / 0707 225 813
Website: http://www.keswakenya.org