Outreach and Support Program

The Outreach and Support Programme aims to build trust, sensitize and promote information sharing amongst sex workers and sensitize communities on sex workers’ rights. The program seeks to address immediate health and safety concerns as well as sensitize sex workers on their human rights and sexual and reproductive rights.

The outreach component of the programme empowers sex workers to document violations and claim their rights including the right to a safe working environment in addition to promoting safe sex practices. The care and support component facilitates psychosocial counseling, referrals, care and support.

The Advocacy, Partnerships and Knowledge Management Programme

This programme aims to build local and national partnerships for a stronger advocacy voice against punitive and restrictive legislations and policies, amongst other practices that discriminate and violate sex workers’ rights.

Through media-based advocacy, public awareness, social mobilization and coalition building, the program seeks to mobilize public support, influence policy, and promote beliefs, attitude and practice change in favour of sex work. The programme prioritizes local partnerships to improve access to key services, including legal aid and HIV and AIDS counseling, care and treatment services.

It also works with local and national networks to support research, documentation and evidence based-advocacy. The knowledge management unit takes a lead on knowledge generation and documentation of program evidence to support advocacy initiatives.

This component focuses on commissioning the generation and documentation of new knowledge, program achievements, lessons learned and good practices from programs and ensures the appropriate packaging and dissemination to different audiences including the Government of Uganda, development partners, civil society, private sector and other general users at the local, regional and international levels. It also facilitates information sharing among network members. The program specifically seeks to:

  • Provide members with information and opportunities to participate in WONETHA activities.
  • Disseminate regular updates and briefing papers to WONETHA members.
  • Implement new information communication technologies for sharing information that strengthen advocacy and capacity at local, regional and global levels.
  • Commission research, document and expose human rights violations of sex workers through advocacy.
  • Document program evidence, package and disseminate publications, videos and other materials to appropriate audiences.

Leadership, Training and Capacity Development Programme

This is a mentorship program that aims to build confidence and enhance the leadership skills of practicing and non-practicing sex workers in Uganda. Through trainings and capacity development, the program builds on the resilience of sex workers to promote creativity, mentor and nurture leaders amongst sex worker groups. The program also runs functional adult literacy, life skills and entrepreneurship trainings aimed at improving the quality of life for sex workers in Uganda