About us

AWAC Uganda

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 (FSWs) and 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 is registered with the NGO Board under Reg. No. INDR140811523NB and has a permit of operation across the country as an NGO under File No. MIA/NB/2018/10/1523. AWAC has successfully mobilized her grassroot 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 advocacy and 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 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.

Governance

AWAC is governed by a Five-Board Member team all females. They have wide experience in corporate governance. They have various professional backgrounds ranging from human rights, medicine, financial management, gender and HIV programming and a sex worker community representative with a wealth of lived experiences in grassroots advocacy. The board serves a period of 3 years renewable once.

Board members are selected by the general Assembly which is the supreme body of AWAC. The board is responsible for developing, reviewing and approving appropriate policies that govern the organization. At the policy level, Board has a finance and an audit subcommittee that is responsible for monitoring the financial operations of the secretariat to ensure adherence to the policy guidelines and standards. The board convenes on a quarterly basis to review and approve financial budgets and reports.

Peer Strengths Footsteps (PSF) Model

This taps into a peer’s latent strengths and challenge her to mobilize, lead, mentor, breathe faith and radiate the same competence

Girls Action Clubs (GACs)

Tailored safe spaces for adolescent girls and young women at high risk living in high burden areas such as slums, landing sites, transit routes

Community Heath Rights & SDGs Accelerato

The model seeks to empower grassroot Rural and Peri-urban FSWs as Champions of Human Rights & SDGs Acceleration.

Our Impact

AWAC projects impacting on lives: Over the past 6 years, AWACS services have impacted over 28,000 female sex workers’ services in terms of accessing HIV prevention, SRHR, care and treatment services including parenting. At least 248 children have been reached with phyco-social support and services. In addition, 1,200 adolescent girls engaged in sex have been reached HIV prevention, SRHR, care and treatment services parenting services, for example, 50% of 56 adolescents and young who were experiencing mental health issues (depression, posttraumatic stress etc.) have been supported to improve and the rest referred to National Referral for treatment with moderate effect and we are still following up on them to ensure that they improve. Nearly 89% of FSWs and AGYW those who received the SBS kits reported reduced socio-economic related distress and improved self-esteem attributed to being able to fend for themselves and their families. 32% of the small business start-up recipients reported that they had stopped engaging in risky sexual practices such as high pay for live sex, allowing free alcohol from clients and friends before act sexual transaction. Other achievements include 60% of FSW who have faced sexual violence reported decrease in violence and risky sexual behaviors (source: program data).

Our mile stones

28K

Female sex workers

12K

Adolescent girls

248

Children reached

$100K

Annual Budget

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Get in touch with us.

+256 39 2881454

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

info@awacuganda.org

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