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SEX WORKERS REAL STRUGGLE IN THE MIDDLE OF A PANDEMIC

BY BHESP TEAM – 2nd JUNE 2021…….

International Sex Workers' Day takes place annually on June 2nd. The day is celebratory, which remembers the discrimination of sex workers and their often exploitative living and working conditions. The starting point of the International Sex Workers’ Day as a memorial was June 2nd, 1975 in which more than 100 sex workers occupied the Church Saint-Nizier in Lyon in order to get attention to their situation.

 In many places in Africa, sex for money is readily available, cheap, risky, and often illegal. For many sex workers, work is often dangerous.

The Kenyan coastal strip is normally a beehive of tourism activities. Local and international holidaymakers find their way to Mombasa, Malindi plus other towns in the area that shores the Indian ocean, popular for sandy beaches. Bars and nightclubs line up here; many European and American tourists stroll through the coastal metropolis in regular times. Sex workers also earn their money here.

One of them is Hawa (name changed). Like many other young women, she has been working as a sex worker for several years. "If I don't engage in sex work, I will have no money to pay my bills, buy clothes and lead a good life," Hawa told BHESP.

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BY BHESP TEAM. 21ST MAY 21, 2021


“I want to talk about female candidates who sat for the examinations while in hospitals either after giving birth or while expecting. As I celebrate you I also want to castigate our today parents in the most severe terms possible………”
These were the words of Professor George Magoha, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for education when he presented the results of the 2020 form four examinations results on May 10th, 2021.
The Professor’s comments diminished what was otherwise a positive statement acknowledging the right to education for all children. His words included a later comment implying that girls of his or earlier generation were “better behaved” due to better parenting that prevented teenage pregnancies, castigating pregnant girls as ‘moral failures’.
This perception is common in Kenya, often shared publicly not knowing that it contributes to shaming, stigmatization, and isolation of adolescent girls who have early pregnancies. Such an attitude undermines girls’ rights to education.

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