Refueling a Chorus of Feminist Grass-root Female Sex Workers’ Voice in a New Narrative of Resistance for Reproductive and Maternal Wellness

International Women’s Day -2023

Yesterday as we commemorated the International Women’s day 2023, we convened a public national community based SRHR advocacy rally (the first  ever green wave solidarity action on prevention of unsafe abortions, led by Female sex workers with feminist organizations, and other human rights organizations in the civil society fraternity in Africa), to engage communities and stakeholders from different territories-of-power and authoritative positions to spotlight the eminent danger emanating from the continued abandonment of critical SRH issues ruining minoritized women’s reproductive and maternal health such as unsafe abortions, and inadequate access to contraception services in Uganda. For years, reproductive justice is one of the most contested areas of focus in human rights that has remained cloaked in the society’s earlier unconcealed yokes of moral edges and the disruptive shade of the structural marginalization of sexual reproductive health and rights.  But if we don’t talk about it and merit our attenti on towards its invisible slow-motion disaster, then who can expose its ever intensifying danger to reproductive and maternal health of women, especially those at the society’s periphery like the female sex workers? Your guess for this unionized corporate responsibility is as good as ours!

#BurstTheStigmaOnReproductiveRights    #AWACHerLegacyInitiative

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AWAC-UGANDA OCTOBER-DECEMBER NEWSLETTER -ISSUE 4

Merry Christmas to you!

As we celebrate Christ—the reason for this season, we strongly believe that, truly, Christmas is a dignified and a special lyrical holiday—one that is experienced through the stories told from days past and hopes strung together for the future. We have heard about it through the tales of the bible verses, Christmas carols, and the written word from different theologians. As we get filled with the spirit of Santa to celebrate the beauty of this season, we would like to share with you this quarter’s (October—December 2022) news and milestones reached throughout this implementation period!

What Transpired?

  • The historical visit to our Kampala Drop in Centre by Her Excellency Natalie E. Brown —US Ambassador to Uganda
  • National Annual Sex Workers’ Dialogue (NASWD5), and the Launch of the Her Legacy Initiative with a CHLEG concept that will transition into the first ever Female Sex Work Led Bank in Uganda.
  • AWAC’s Contribution in Ebola Response
  • The start of our Subgrantee programme
  • The Review of AWAC strategic plan.
  • National HIV/AIDS Symposium and exhibition

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Press Statement; Addressing the Gender-Based Violence Against the Female Sex Workers And Those in Humanitarian Settings

 Kikagatti – Boarder in Isingiro District                     

“UNiTE” Activism To End Violence Against Women and Girls
We are here today as a collective of the grassroots female sex workers including migrant sex workers, to commemorate the 16 Days of Activism to address gender-based violence that has been a serious public health threat and human rights violation –which disproportionately affects minoritized women and girls, essentially the female Sex workers. As a marginalized group of women in society, we face various forms of violence such as sexual, physical, emotional, psychological, and economic violence from clients, society, religious and cultural leaders that label us misfits. This is compounded by the systemic exclusion that brackets out sex work from legitimate economic activities. Such exclusion denies us the equal rights to work legally just like other professions –which is ultimately an economic violence.  Through this stakeholder awareness session on GBV, we recognize that the 16 Days of Activism commemoration has presented an opportunity to spotlight GBV issues affecting female sex workers in their different categories including refugee female sex workers, and increase the level of public awareness, support and understand that human rights are non-alienable, everyone deserves equal rights, including but not limited to health and economic rights.

It’s disheartening to note that, FSWs including the migrant sex workers experience substantially higher rates of sexual assault (of 2-5 times) from, commercial clients and police than found among general female populations migrant sex workers face a multiplicity of vulnerabilities deeply entrenched in social stigma, patriarchy, punitive laws and policies and the discrimination from their host communities due to weak social cohesion.

GBV is tremendously linked to high rates of morbidity and mortality including gynaecological problems, mental health problems, substance dependence, suicide, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. This presents a serious concern and needs for increased attention from stakeholders through a whole-of-society approach to combat GBV in all its forms against minoritized women.

We, therefore, recommend for:

  • Investigation and documentation of discriminations and systemic exclusion premised on sex work status and other violations against migrant sex workers
  • Decriminalisation of sex work.
  • Conclusive investigations on complaints of gender-based violence against migrant sex workers with fairness.
  • Police to refrain from using the law to violate rights of sex workers.
  • Introduce a waiver to the prosecution of a sex worker who comes out report a case of violence, abuse or exploitation in the sex industry.

We further call upon the public to publicly condemn all forms of gender-based violence and advocate for equal rights for minoritized women.

Cc Dr. Kinyatta James chairperson LCI

Cc Dr. Edison Tumusherure District Health Officer

Cc Afande Mujjuni OC Station Kikagatti – Boarder

 

AWAC-UGANDA OCTOBER 2022, NEWSLETTER -ISSUE 2

The Newsletter highlights the achievements, and stories which demonstrate our work in serving our grassroot members –including those with compounding and intersecting vulnerabilities. Considering our work, there is no doubt that our constituent members have found it impactful to them. During the month, we were able to hold one stakeholders’ consultative meeting, and an intersectional community scorecard on access to SRH services for minoritized young women surviving on sex work in Rhino Base camp —one of the humanitarian settings in Terego district, 31 of our community members in some of the hotspots in Kampala injecting drugs were served with Needle Syringe and Exchange Programming (NSP) services, served 101 recipients of ART services; served 798 recipients of PrEP related services (both linkage for PrEP initiation, and PrEP refills); 1001 served with HIV testing services, 16 assisted with SGBV related services, 45 provided with Post Abortion Care services, reached 68 community members with family planning services; screened 566 for STIs and did appropriate referrals; and 66 received Mental Health related services –including counseling and referrals.

Its also worthwhile to recognize some of the commitments that have been fulfilled by duty bearers after our advocacy stakeholder engagements; for instance –Malaba Health Centre IV in Tororo District has Marked the points of care at its facility. This is to ease access to SRH services for the AGYW Rights holders while at the facility. Gladly to report that, this was the first step to attract more rights holders in their intersectionalities to access the SRH services responsive to their unique needs. This happened after the duty bearers made commitments through pledges (during our we lead programme stakeholder engagements) to address the challenges (such as; limited access to youth friendly services) in access to SRH services for AGYW in the district.

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AWAC-Uganda, July-September, 2022 Newsletter

Almost winding down the year! Welcome to our third quarterly newsletter for the period of July-Sept 2022. We have successfully managed a range of service delivery and advocacy interventions that have impacted more than 1700 of our community members including, Female sex workers living with disability, those injecting drugs, and women engaging in transaction sex in humanitarian settings. This newsletter presents what we have worked on, what we have achieved through our service delivery programmes (in SRHR, HIV response and community empowerment), and advocacy at grassroot, and connecting the grassroot realities to the national and global conversations and policies. This was more preeminent during our recent stakeholder SRHR media café, and the discussion on the impact of RoeVs.Wade 1973 ruling overturn in USA on access to comprehensive SRHR services among the marginalized grassroot women in Uganda.

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – FINANCE OFFICER, KAMPALA REGION

The Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) is an umbrella network for grassroot female sex worker led-organizations in Uganda. Established in 2015 by the champions of the female sex worker movement to give visibility; promote meaningful involvement and collective organizing of rural & peri-urban Female Sex Workers (FSWs), especially those operating in hard to reach areas such as slum areas, landing sites, transit routes and boarder areas to strengthen a unified, vibrant, national, and sustainable FSW led movement Uganda.
Job Summary: To be responsible for finance and ensure respect and proper implementation of rules, regulations and procedures at Kampala.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
Accountancy:
• Responsible for bank book accountancy
• Ensure to use Quick books accounting software in finance department
• Provide support in financial record keeping
• Maintain good relation with external (bank, tax office, legal office, audit firm….)
Monthly invoices (quality checking):
• Ensure all supporting documents (PR, LPO, invoice, delivery/ note, etc.…) are attach with invoice;
• Ensure proper financial code are presents on the payment authorization form
• Check all information (date, name of the supplier, unit cost, total cost, total amount, paid amount in word, etc….) are available on the invoice.
Pre-audit:
• Ensure good description write in accountancy system Quick books
• Check correct accounting code and budget line are captured in each invoice
• Pre-audit financial document of each project at the end of the project
• Take lead of internal and external audit
Reporting Responsibilities
• Follow up Tax, NSSF deposit
• Monthly Accountabilities
• Pre-audit for all grants
• Support in preparation of Financial reports
• Support in drafting of Proposal budgets

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
• The ideal applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, BCOM or a related discipline
• At least two years of previous experience in an NGO, preferably in a similar role.
• Substantial knowledge of Quickbooks accounting software
• Knowledge of financial procedures expected.
• Excellent management skills (implementation of donor rules in finance department).
• Ability to train and follow up teams.
• Autonomous and able to take initiative.
• Able to set own deadlines and meet them.
• Fluent English;
• Professional computer skills, including MS Word, Excel, internet, and email.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should apply through the email recruitment@awacuganda.org and copy in finance@awacuganda.org. The subject line should be “Application for Finance officer post”.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

AWAC Sex Worker Stories on Abortion

It is June 2022, and sex work and abortion are still illegal in Uganda. The Penal Code Act streamlines stiff penalties for indulging in sex work and procuring or performing an abortion. It is often said that the mark of a good law is that it ought to be progressive. Can a section of the law moored in ancient constructions of morality be said to be progressive? Sex work continues to be a risky business in Uganda. Sex workers have to contend with constant exposure to mental, physical and sexual abuse at the hands of their clients and law enforcement officers. Safe Abortions are inaccessible to the more significant majority of sex workers. On 8th June 2022, AWAC, in partnership with ARASA, hosted sex workers and medical practitioners to pick their thoughts on how post-abortion care can be brought closer and made more accessible and affordable. The participants hailed from different parts of the country; Sheema, Kyotera, Masaka, Wakiso, Busia.
We interviewed four sex workers, and these are their stories.

Story from Kampala:

When young and free, you do not imagine life capable of unpredictability. I would not have believed anyone if they had predicted that my desire for fun would lead me into sex work, substance abuse, and addiction. Growing up, my father was present in my life. I was raised in a proper Muslim family. My six siblings and I didn’t lack. My parents saw to it that our needs were catered for. I started getting drawn away from the path of religion in secondary school. I was part of a group that I knew was bad for me. I should have sat for my exams but didn’t because of lousy peer influence. I didn’t sit for my UCE exams because I didn’t want to. I knew it was vital that I sat, but I didn’t. All fees had been duly paid, but did I care. My family forgave me and enrolled me on a catering course after my botched secondary education. I started with innocent stuff, alcohol, cigarettes, and weed, before discovering crack cocaine and heroin. My arms and veins are littered with needle marks. I now opt for hidden places. I inject the stuff into my legs so people do not stare. A few months ago, one of the veins in my left arm got infected and took forever to heal. I don’t want it to happen again. I am always on the move trying to find a place to belong. Sometimes these places are people or things. When I feel lost, the desire to go away from the noise in my head overwhelms me. I smoke or inject heroin into my veins to shut out the noise. Because I have neither a home nor a job, I can only raise money to feed my body and quieten the noise in my head by offering myself to strangers. Last year, one of my clients tricked me. He took me to his home and promised to pay but instead called three of his friends to have some free fun before they proceeded to beat me.  I was not paid. The police accused me of trying to rob the men who had raped me. Fortunately, I didn’t conceive from the counter. I rushed to AWAC for emergency contraception and PREP. My colleagues have been raped and assaulted on the job, not paid and yet conceived. When faced with such a dilemma, you can’t help but terminate. I cannot have another mouth to feed. But again, finding a safe place to terminate is not easy. Public hospitals slam doors in our faces. Doctors at health centres with religious links refuse to perform what they consider ungodly. They say police will come for them because it is illegal to procure and perform abortions in Uganda. But if I can’t afford safe abortions, how will I be able to take care of myself and a baby I did not want in the first place. I have tried to end my addiction. I need serious therapy, which is both expensive and challenging. I miss my parents. I miss home. I am tired of going round and round in circles.

Sarah (Not the real name), 28, Homeless sex worker struggling with substance abuse

 

Story from Wakiso;

Deep Blue Corner is a curious name for a bar. When someone mentions deep blue, you think of a nursery school, clinic, or beach shop. In 2006 I found myself serving at deep blue corner as a waitress. The bar paid me 15,000 UGX. This sum was insufficient to buy me decent food through the period or get me a place to rent. My father was a pilot with Uganda Airlines way before it closed shop. My mother owned a simple retail business. The closure of Uganda Airlines in 2001 left my father, like other employees, without a job. Luckier pilots got absorbed in the army or moved out. My father stayed, and our family struggled. It got so bad that I failed to sit for my senior four exams. I was young and innocent when I got the job at Deep Blue Corner. I learned that men would do anything to take a woman to bed. So I started getting paid by people who had told me they liked me. I was earning nearly ten times from the sex trade than what my job was paying. I only worked because I found my clients in my workplace. One of the revellers made a pass at me. I insulted him when he insisted. This young man chose to wait for me for five hours. At 6 am, he attacked me with a piece of concrete. He was dealing with bigger demons. I was not having safe sex. I constantly had to treat UTIs. Sexual and physical assault by clients defines the work. No one wants to do sex work. We are forced into the vice by poverty. We direly need access to health care services, medication for STIs, and access to safe abortion and post-abortion health care. I have an alternative source of livelihood, which makes engaging in the safe sex trade easier for me. My colleagues whose hands are tied keep getting assaulted, exposed to HIV and raped. I strongly believe that decriminalisation of sex work would directly render society kinder to sex workers.

Juliet (Not the real name), 35

 

Story from Kyotera:

My biggest desire right now is that my children never go through what I have had to go through. It is hard living life like this. The community thinks sex workers are lazy, dishonest people who want to make money the easy way. There is nothing easy about being shunned by the public. Nothing easy about the police denying you justice when they learn you suffered assault, rape or robbery at work. What is easy about clients beating you up and chasing you out in the rain without pay? It is only easy to judge and point fingers at people whose stories you neither know nor understand. I was sixteen when I first got involved in sex work. I had dropped out of school then, and options were few. I had a small job as a waitress that took forever to pay, so I did what I had to do to survive. Every day that I go out to work, danger looms over me. I have been beaten countless times by clients. How do you explain assault marks to your children? How do you respond to innocent questions posed by your children? ‘Mama, what does malaya (prostitute) mean? The closest I have come to losing my life was when a client placed a large knife on the table and asked me to choose between unprotected sex and my life. After forcefully having his way with me without protection, the man strangled me with the hotel bed sheets. He left me as good as dead. I was only saved by the hotel cleaning staff, who heard the commotion and opened the door using a spare key. I was found cold on the floor. I regained consciousness in the hospital. You tell me, what do you do with a situation where you conceive from such an encounter. Do you keep a pregnancy that gives you pain? Do you keep a pregnancy knowing you’ll have to bear the burden of caring for the child alone? But then again, where will you get safe means of ending a pregnancy you do not want to keep? Do you go to the same public hospital that failed to give you emergency contraception?

Benna (Not the real name), 28. Mother of 3, Kasensero

 

Story from Mbarara

I am an AWAC peer mama, a fancy term for an ageing sex worker. Time has made me more understanding and kinder to my girls. I am HIV positive and engage in advocacy, training and generally looking out for my girls. I ensure that the condom dispensers are filled and that the girls have lubricants. I mobilise my girls for routine HIV testing. I am tasked with ensuring that HIV-positive sex workers can access antiretroviral drugs to keep their viral load low. I also ensure that my girls who are in trouble with the law have access to probono lawyers. And I also help younger sex workers find medical assistance like emergency contraception and PEP when they get raped. I lost my husband too soon. I was just 20 years old, and my son was only nine months old when my man died. I was unemployed and sickly. I was in Sheema, and they would sleep with me in exchange for soap, sugar or transport to the hospital to access medication. Would men sleep with me and then offer me basic needs? What was I to do? I had nowhere to go. I later learnt that I was being taken advantage of, so I leant to ask for hard cash. I do not go to the streets anymore. I cannot compete with my girls. I wait for the occasional call to come through and then get paid. I sell second-hand clothes to sustain myself. But my calling is in the service of my girls. Unlike most of my girls who narrate to me bad experiences at the hands of clients, my worst experience was at the hand of a security guard at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital. At the height of the pandemic-instigated lockdowns, I was actively engaged in securing and delivering ARVs for the girls who had been forced back to the villages by the economic conditions. I kept track and responded to urgent calls for medical aid from districts around Mbarara. I was, therefore, quite regular at the Mbarara Referral. A particular guard made it his business to assault me each time sexually. ‘You are a prostitute today; give me,’ he said each time he saw me. I endeavoured to ignore him till he decided to assault me physically. He accused me of idling around the hospital and slapped me. The medication I had secured flew from my hands from the impact of the beatings. I have tried to forgive that man, but when pus flows through my ears or sharp pain strikes me in his ear, I get so angry. I tried to get justice, but I was instead threatened. The hospital let me down. I hate Mbarara Referral hospital to this day. After that incident understood the painful stories, my girls narrated.

Shamira (Not the real Name) 32, HIV-positive single mother of two, Mbarara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy International Sex Workers’ Day

June 2nd, 2022

On this international Sex Workers’ Day;

We remain committed to, maintaining our resistance, and persistence in pursuance of a non-discriminative, and equal world!
Its time to proactively connect our dots in every actor’s action to, protect, respect and fulfil the rights of sex workers including: access to justice, Protecting them from harm, exploitation and coercion. Ensuring they can participate in the development of laws and policies that affect their lives and safety and guaranteeing access to health, education and employment options.

We call for:
1. Call for conclusive investigation into complaints of violence against sex workers with all the fairness and rigor that those complains deserve. Document cases and trends of sex worker rights violations and refrain from using the law to violate rights of sex workers.
2. Invest in development and standardization programs for sex workers which integrate literacy, human rights and digital skills in sex workers service delivery.
3. Investigate and document discriminations and systemic exclusion premised on sex work status and other violations against sex workers.
4. Repealing of these punitive laws (136, 137, 138 and 168 of the Penal code; Section 6 of the Psychotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act 2016; and Sections 12, 41, and 43 of the HIV and AIDS Prevention and Control Act 2014
5. Developing a responsive and intersectional comprehensive integrated tracker with all the Universal Health care indicators for Sex workers including for FSWs with intersecting vulnerabilities, and as well as developing guidelines and Standard Operating Procedures to guide efficient delivery of integrated responsive services for children of FSWs and AGYW surviving in sex work settings.
6. Ministry of Health , Ministry of Gender Labor and Social Development, Civil Society Organizations and Implementing Partners invest in establishment, strengthening and scale up of innovative community health, SRHR safe spaces, human rights promotion and social protection systems for sex workers such as the Girls Action Clubs for Adolescent Girls and Young Women, Drop- in Centres (DiCs), Community Health Livelihoods Enhancement groups (CHLEGs) development accelerators, GBV response teams, Community mental health, and trauma informed care systems.

Call For Communications Associate At AWAC-Uganda

JOB TITLE: COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATE
ORGANISATION: ALLIANCE OF WOMEN ADVOCATING FOR CHANGE
DUTY STATION: KAMPALA, UGANDA
REPORTS TO: PROGRAMMES MANAGER
DEADLINE: APRIL 15TH, 2022

Are you a passionate, goal focused person who is fervent about communication in intersectional SRH-R advocacy? Are you capable of creating attractive and branding communication messages, real time interaction on social media platforms and social media influencing, proper understanding of different audience’s message needs, producing strong messages, coming up with brilliant advocacy campaign Ideas, skilled in doing photography, graphic design, creative writing, animations, videography, and production?
AWAC is looking for a passionate and result-centric young communication/volunteer who is communication enthusiastic with specific skills in creating attractive and branding communication messages, real time interaction on social media platforms and social media influencing, proper understanding of different audience’s message needs, producing strong messages, coming up with brilliant advocacy campaign ideas, skilled in doing photography, graphic design, creative writing, animations, videography, and production.
If brought aboard, you will be our communications associate working with our communications team and earning a monthly stipend in addition to many other benefits of working with different stakeholders in different spaces.

ABOUT AWAC-UGANDA
The Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) is an umbrella network of grass root emerging female sex worker (FSW) led organizations. AWAC was established in 2015 by champions of the female sex worker movement. We exist to promote the voices and work of grassroot FSWs led organizations based in rural and peri-urban settings. Our core target constituency are female sex workers including those with intersecting vulnerabilities such as FSWs using drugs; FSWs living with HIV/AIDS; refugees FSWs in urban setting; FSWs living with disability; elderly FSWs; children of sex workers and adolescents surviving in the sex work settings in Uganda. AWAC has successfully mobilized her members to challenge stigma, discrimination and criminalization of all forms, has championed access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/GBV and mental health services, led legislative advocacy campaigns, conducted operational research, capacity building programs on leadership and grassroot movement building in Uganda. Our geographical areas of implementation are: slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. Our work is implemented at grass-root, district, national level in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels. We work collaboratively with grass root communities, health and human rights organizations and professional and associations as well as relevant government ministries and departments.

AWAC’s core purpose are: acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); addressing stigma, discrimination & challenging criminalization of all forms using the Community Led Monitoring(CLM) and Score Card (SC) Model; providing and championing access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/TB/Gender Based Violence (GBV)/Mental health and harm reduction interventions services; including access to preventive biomedical innovations; advocacy for gender equality and equity and campaigns; conducting operational research and documentation; capacity building in feminist transactional leadership, mentorship and grassroot advocacy movement building to strengthen grassroot community structures; social economic empowerment (SEE) to diversify female sex workers and those with intersecting vulnerabilities’ income through her innovative models in Uganda.

AWAC also work in collaboratively with other individual and organisation which serve as referral points for services that it does not directly offer. These include grass root communities, health units, professional and associations, social welfare departments of government, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations- especially human rights organizations and other donor funded projects. With her head office is in Kampala-Mengo Kayuwa Zone, Off Balintuma roads-on Nabulagala road, but also with physical field offices/Drop in Centres in Kyotera, Masaka, Busia boarder, Terego-Rhino based Camp and Luwero districts- Wobulenzi highway.

AWAC Mission: “To build a resilient movement of female sex workers’ that advocates for sustainable integrated universal health care, promotion of human rights and social protection, economic justice for FSWs and those with intersecting & Compounded vulnerabilities in Uganda”.

AWAC Vision: “An inclusive policy and social environment where grassroots FSWs and those with intersecting & compounded vulnerabilities live healthy and productive lives that are free from human rights abuse in Uganda”.AWAC

Strategic Objectives
1) To strengthen the economic security and social protection of FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
2) To contribute to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 8,10, 16, 17 by enhancing social mobilization and promotion of human rights among FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
3) To advance SRHR services so that all FSWs, including those with intersecting and compounded vulnerabilities exercise their bodily autonomy, consent and control over their choices and decisions.
4) To strengthen a resilient female sex workers’ movement to leverage on their capacities to demand for an enabling environment, equitable services and hold duty bearers accountable on existing development programmes.
5) To enhance access to integrated universal health care services among FSWs & those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
6) To strengthen the institutional capacity of AWAC and her network members to effectively deliver the strategic plan.

AWAC Core Values:
• Mutual Respect and Integrity.
• Empowerment and Meaningful involvement
• Transparency and Accountability
• Appreciating diversity and non-discrimination
• Innovation, Excellence and Team Work
• Human rights and evidence based programming

Position: Communication Associate/Volunteer (1 position)
Reporting to – Programmes Manager
Working Hours: Full time role – working 8 hours a day, Monday – Friday (May be requested to occasionally work over the weekend where necessary)
Compensation: monthly stipends.
Location: Kampala
Application deadline: Saturday, April 20th, 2022.

Introduction:
AWAC’s strategic plan, and Sex Workers’ Advocacy Agenda was developed to facilitate effective intersectional advocacy and service delivery related work to a broad range of Female Sex Workers and other audiences in Uganda through the strategic and timely flow of accurate information. Due to the dynamics in the SRHR rights space, the Communications Associate will be tasked to come up with a communications strategy which will be deliberately aligned with AWAC’s Strategic plan. The communications strategy will be aimed at supporting the delivery of the organization’s communication goals. The focus of the communication strategy is to strengthen the organization’s positioning and brand visibility at grassroot, regional, sub-regional, national, and global level.
Currently AWAC works in over 32 districts including; Abim, Amuria, Arua, Bukomansimbi, Bundibugyo, Busia, Gulu, Hoima, Isingiro, Kaberamaido, Kaabong, Kampala, Kitgum, Kyotera, Lira, Luwero, Lyantonde, Masaka, Mbale, Moroto, Mbarara, Abim, Nakasongola, Kotido, Pader, Rakai, Soroti, Terego, Tororo, Wakiso and Yumbe districts.

(a) Purpose of assignment
AWAC’s geographical areas of implementation are; slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. AWAC implements at the grass-root using the bottom up approach across the country in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels in 47 districts of implementation include; Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Busia, Tororo, Kabale, Isingiro, Kyotera, Masaka, Rakai, Lyantonde, Mbarara, Kasese, Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Jinja, Terego, Arua, Yumbe, Adjuman, Hoima, Gulu, Nakasongola, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Lira, Kitgum, Pader, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Moroto, Soroti, Kotido, Nepak, Luwero, Kabongo, Napiripiti, Mityana, Buikwe, Iganga, Mayuge, Bugiri, Namayingo and Kalangala.

(b) Main duties and responsibilities in the assignment.
Work with the programmes team to develop monthly communication action plans and reports.
Develop the communications strategy.
Develop weekly and monthly advocacy content calendars for running activities, projects, and campaigns.
Work with and support the program team to identify and document project-specific impact/ success stories and ensure these are profiled through AWAC’s various communication channels and donor reports.
Understand and support the execution of AWAC’s brand strategy and visibility.
Write activity blogs and compile content for a monthly newsletter.
Write and edit activity blogs/articles, op-eds, etc
Support in the development annual reports.
Design activity and campaign: graphic posters, fliers, and brochures.
Produce infographics, comics, and promotional videos
Working with the programme officers to take photos, capture interview videos and produce them into short, summary videos, especially during public events and outreach meetings.
Work with the program team to support planning and organizing internal and public events as well as community outreaches and meetings in line with AWAC’s advocacy priorities.
Support live streaming of AWAC events under the guidance of the programmes manager.
Work closely with the programmes manager to create activity and project/campaign-based social media engagement plans on a weekly and monthly basis.
Create daily social media posts in line with project goals and share them on all the AWAC social media platforms.
Work with the advocacy team to develop and publish monthly comic series on various given topics.
Work with the programme officers to prepare and share a monthly newsletter with key donors and partners detailing the month’s key highlights at AWAC.
Produce and share monthly podcasts on various topics
Work with the programme officers to arrange for media coverage at all AWAC events.
Develop creative content scripts in line with SRH-R that can be translated into short films.
and any other duty as assigned by the programmes manager.
NOTE: Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the very heart of everything that AWAC stands for.
AWAC values the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage, and civil partnership, pregnancy, and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
We foster an organizational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights, and inclusion. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with AWAC’s Human Resource manual and Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
NB: It is important to note that Associates/volunteers are not paid monthly salaries, but rather a monthly stipend and there are quite a several field activities that are facilitated and, in the case of any internal opportunities, volunteers are given priority.
To apply, submit your motivation letter (one page), CV (3 pages max), one reference/recommendation letter to info@awacuganda.org and copy in, mugiddej@awacuganda.org and ssemakulam@awacuganda.org

Call For a Data Clerk

JOB TITLE: DATA CLERK
DUTY STATION: KAMPALA, UGANDA
REPORTS TO: MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING MANAGER
DEADLINE: APRIL 15TH APRIL

About US:
The Alliance of Women Advocating for Change (AWAC) is an umbrella network of grass-root emerging female sex worker (FSW) led organizations. AWAC was established in 2015 by champions of the female sex worker movement. We exist to promote the voices and work of grassroot FSWs led organizations based in rural and peri-urban settings. Our core target constituency are female sex workers including those with intersecting vulnerabilities such as FSWs using drugs; FSWs living with HIV/AIDS; refugees FSWs in urban setting; FSWs living with disability; elderly FSWs; children of sex workers and adolescents surviving in the sex work settings in Uganda. AWAC has successfully mobilized her members to challenge stigma, discrimination and criminalization of all forms, has championed access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/GBV and mental health services, led legislative advocacy campaigns, conducted operational research, capacity building programs on leadership and grassroot movement building in Uganda. Our geographical areas of implementation are: slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. Our work is implemented at grass-root, district, national level in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels. We work collaboratively with grass root communities, health and human rights organizations and professional and associations as well as relevant government ministries and departments.

AWAC’s core purpose are acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG); addressing stigma, discrimination & challenging criminalization of all forms using the Community Led Monitoring(CLM) and Score Card (SC) Model; providing and championing access to integrated quality HIV/SRHR/TB/Gender Based Violence (GBV)/Mental health and harm reduction interventions services; including access to preventive biomedical innovations; advocacy for gender equality and equity and campaigns; conducting operational research and documentation; capacity building in feminist transactional leadership, mentorship and grassroot advocacy movement building to strengthen grassroot community structures; social economic empowerment (SEE) to diversify female sex workers and those with intersecting vulnerabilities’ income through her innovative models in Uganda.

AWAC also work in collaboratively with other individual and organisation which serve as referral points for services that it does not directly offer. These include grass root communities, health units, professional and associations, social welfare departments of government, law enforcement officers, non-governmental organizations- especially human rights organizations and other donor funded projects. With her head office is in Kampala-Mengo Kayuwa Zone, Off Balintuma roads-on Nabulagala road, but also with physical field offices/Drop in Centres in Kyotera, Masaka, Busia boarder, Terego-Rhino based Camp and Luwero districts- Wobulenzi highway.

AWAC’s geographical areas of implementation are; slum areas, Islands, landing sites, transit routes, mining, quarrying, plantations, road construction sites and boarder areas in Uganda. AWAC implements at the grass-root using the bottom up approach across the country in Uganda, and seeks to impact practices, processes and policies at all levels in 47 districts of implementation include; Kampala, Wakiso, Mukono, Busia, Tororo, Kabale, Isingiro, Kyotera, Masaka, Rakai, Lyantonde, Mbarara, Kasese, Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Kamwenge, Bundibugyo, Mbale, Jinja, Terego, Arua, Yumbe, Adjuman, Hoima, Gulu, Nakasongola, Kiryandongo, Masindi, Lira, Kitgum, Pader, Amuria, Kaberamaido, Moroto, Soroti, Kotido, Nepak, Luwero, Kabongo, Napiripiti, Mityana, Buikwe, Iganga, Mayuge, Bugiri, Namayingo and Kalangala.

AWAC Mission: “To build a resilient movement of female sex workers’ that advocates for sustainable integrated universal health care, promotion of human rights and social protection, economic justice for FSWs and those with intersecting & Compounded vulnerabilities in Uganda”.

AWAC Vision: “An inclusive policy and social environment where grassroots FSWs and those with intersecting & compounded vulnerabilities live healthy and productive lives that are free from human rights abuse in Uganda”.

AWAC Strategic Objectives
1) To strengthen the economic security and social protection of FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
2) To contribute to attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. 8,10, 16, 17 by enhancing social mobilization and promotion of human rights among FSWs and those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
3) To advance SRHR services so that all FSWs, including those with intersecting and compounded vulnerabilities exercise their bodily autonomy, consent and control over their choices and decisions.
4) To strengthen a resilient female sex workers’ movement to leverage on their capacities to demand for an enabling environment, equitable services and hold duty bearers accountable on existing development programmes.
5) To enhance access to integrated universal health care services among FSWs & those with intersecting vulnerabilities.
6) To strengthen the institutional capacity of AWAC and her network members to effectively deliver the strategic plan.

AWAC Core Values:
•Mutual Respect and Integrity.
•Empowerment and Meaningful involvement
•Transparency and Accountability
•Appreciating diversity and non-discrimination
•Innovation, Excellence and Team Work
•Human rights and evidence based programming

Job Summary:
The Data Clerk will assist the Monitoring and Evaluation unit in the
respective projects to ensure that all that, the SOPs and updated data
collection tools are available, high quality da ta is collected/recorded,
entered into the respective registers and online tracking systems. The data
clerk will also generate custom and standard reports as necessary to respond to
program and donor needs. The Data Clerk will report to the program coordinator and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
•Ensure all collaborating facilities and Drop in centre(s) have all the standard and current tools for data capture and reporting;
•Avail standard operating procedures (SOPs) for enrollment and provision of unique identifiers for FSWs and AGYW.
•Support peer group leaders or expert clients to ensure tracking of layering services at both facility and community levels;
•File the service recipient slips at end of each working day in line with laid out standard operating procedure
•Ensure entry of all data on SRHR/HIV/GBV/ services into the the tracking system in a timely manner
•Ensure no accumulation of backlogs of data un-entered in the databases,
•Verify accuracy of data on the service recipient referral slips before it is entered into the database.
•Work to reconcile inconsistencies in monthly data reports in collaboration with the peers group leaders or expert clients.
•Ensure the combined client registers are updated in a timely manner
•Plan and attend monthly meetings with peer group leaders/expert clients at the facility and community level assigned to ensure data in the database is synchronized and updated
•Retrieve information as requested or otherwise necessary, summarize data in preparation for standardized reports to facilitate donor reporting, program management monitoring and activity planning;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
•The ideal candidate must hold a degree in social sciences or related field.
•A minimum of two years of progressive professional experience working in data management
•Knowledge of medical records management procedures
•Good working knowledge of computer with ability to operate various Microsoft word-processing software, spreadsheets
•Team player with good interpersonal relationships and tolerance to socio-cultural differences.
•Efficient and effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills; ability to follow instructions provided in verbal or written format.
•Ability to multi-task effectively and adhere to timelines.
•Good numeracy skills. Attention to detail and enjoy alphanumeric data entry.
•Experience in handling, collecting, collating and managing numerical data
•Must have passed mathematics at O’ level, with at least a credit

How to Apply:

To apply, submit your motivation letter (one page), CV (3 pages max), one reference/recommendation letter to info@awacuganda.org and copy in, mugiddej@awacuganda.org and ssemakulam@awacuganda.org no later than 15th April.

Get in touch with us.

+256 39 2881454

Nabulagala Road, Off Balintuma Rd, Namirembe, Kampala – Uganda

info@awacuganda.org

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