Uganda Harmonized Rights Alliance

Location

Kampala
Uganda
Contact email: 
ugandaharmonizedrightsalliance@gmail.com
Who do you work with?: 
UHRA has 9 full members registered as sex work led organizations. These include; Lady Mermaid’s Bureau, WONETHA, Women Arise for Change, Crested Crane Lighters, Empowered at Dusk, Youth Rock Foundation, Trans Equality Uganda, Kampus Liberty Uganda and Come Out Test Post Club. We also work with other key allies e.g Most at Risk Populations Network, Human Rights and Awareness Forum, Most at Risk Populations Initiative, Reach Out Mbuya, Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional L
How are sex workers involved in your organisation?: 
They sit on the steering committee of the alliance and they make decisions on behalf of Uganda sex work movement. The alliance is coordinated by sex workers.
Which of NSWP priority areas does your organisation work on?: 
Oppose the criminalisation and other legal oppression of sex work and support its recognition as work
Advocate for universal access to health services, including primary health care, HIV and sexual and reproductive health services
Speak out about violence against sex workers, including violence from police, institutions, clients, and intimate partners, while challenging the myth that sex work is inherently gender-based violence
Oppose human rights abuses, including coercive programming, mandatory testing, raids and forced rehabilitation
Challenge stigma and discrimination against sex workers, their families and partners, and others involved in sex work
Advocate for the economic empowerment and social inclusion of sex workers as sex workers
What are the two main challenges that the sex workers you work with face: 
We are faced with the new laws ie the Anti homosexuality law which has brought a lot of stigma especially to trans , male and bisexual sex workers. The Anti Pornography law affects most the female and trans women sex workers because dress code is very key to our profession. Different researches have shown that there is a lot of increase in HIV among sex workers due to discriminatory laws that hinders access to treatment.
Describe other areas of your work: 
• Provide practical information and opportunities for information sharing among organisations and projects, which provide services to female, male sex workers, trans and drug users who work in the sex industry. • Capacity building for member organisations. • Raise awareness on legal and health welfare needs of sex workers. • Advocate at national, regional and international level for policies and action, which further the human rights of sex workers.