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Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme

Nairobi, Kenya
Joined November 2016
Presence in: Kenya

Bar Hostess Empowerment & Support Programme (BHESP) is an organization for and by sex workers, women having sex with women (WSW), women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya. BHESP was founded in the year 1998 by a group of these vulnerable women as a ‘loose’ association to advocate for their rights and recognition. BHESP’s mission is to influence policy and facilitate provision of quality health services, human rights awareness, legal services and economic empowerment for sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya. BHESP engages these women in Kenya in HIV/AIDS Prevention, care and support, gender/ human rights awareness, advocacy and economic empowerment. The organization serves as a common voice for these vulnerable populations in efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination, while engaging various stakeholders in advocacy and policy dialogue.

People Associated With This Organization

Bella Kisiang'ani

Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support... (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Housing Rights & Informal Settlements, Livelihoods, Women's Rights
My name is Bella kisiang'ani from Nairobi Kenya.I work with a sex worker organization in Kenya that deal with protecting rights of young girls and women .I am a lawyer by profession and i love fighting for the rights of the minority groups,
I have worked previously with disability related organizations .I am a person with disability too with a skin condition [albinism] having gone through so many challenges because of my condition i got the motivation to fight for the rights of persons with disability because they face a lot of challenges including discrimination that lead to stigma ,low self esteem etc. i love dealing with communities and expanding to the grassroots so as to ensure the common man on the ground accesses justice.I believe in the rule of law and democracy for a better society.
I look forward to expand my understanding in legal and social issues across board by interacting with other communities at the international platform .My involvement is for learning purposes .

Josephine Dominic

Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support... (Unverified)
Joined August 2017
Interests: Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Health, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer, and a feminist. am also a blogger and a writer. Am working for BHESP as a legal officer and am in charge of the advocacy component. BHESP is an organization for and by the sex workers, bar hostess, adolescence girls and young women, our beneficiaries are normally vulnerable to violence from time to time owing to their nature of work and or age, basically, am a human right defender and it is my duty to became their voice. i intend to join all other human rights defenders globally to learn from them and share my experiences as well with the intention to combat injustice in our community and the world.

Peninah Mwangi

Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support...
Joined March 2015
Promoting the civil and human rights, safety and welfare of sex workers and working towards ending all forms of violence and discrimination against them. Challenging policy that affects sex workers through the courts and by lobbying policy makers, sex workers and the general public.
Documenting and advocating around human rights violations against sex workers and bar hostesses such that they can be redressed through the avenues below,
Advocacy, human rights and policy development
Promotion of reproductive health and HIV/ AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support
Research, Publicity and Information Dissemination
Sustainability and Networking
Organisational strengthening – planning and development

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Peninah Mwangi is the network champion (main point of contact) for Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme.

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