Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme

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Bar Hostess Empowerment & Support Programme (BHESP) is an organization for and by sex workers, women having sex with women (WSW), women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya. BHESP was founded in the year 1998 by a group of these vulnerable women as a ‘loose’ association to advocate for their rights and recognition.

At a Glance

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Organization Type

  • Non-governmental organization (NGO)

Contact

Kasarani Near Do's office
Kenya

T : (+254) 020-260-8944
E : info@bhesp.org

Organization Mission

BHESP’s mission is to influence policy and facilitate provision of quality health services, human rights awareness, legal services and economic empowerment for sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya. BHESP engages these women in Kenya in HIV/AIDS Prevention, care and support, gender/ human rights awareness, advocacy and economic empowerment. The organization serves as a common voice for these vulnerable populations in efforts to reduce stigma and discrimination, while engaging various stakeholders in advocacy and policy dialogue.Mission & Vision

BHESP’s Mission is to influence policy and facilitate provision of quality health services, human rights awareness, legal services and economic empowerment for sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya.

This mission will be attained through:

  • Promoting national and local/county level policy for the human rights of sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses to operate in an environment where their dignity is upheld.
  • Public sensitization initiatives that seek to create human rights awareness sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses and garner citizen support towards this noble cause.
  • Mobilizing donor support and resources that promote the health and wellbeing of sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses while providing an education on their rights to empower them to make informed choices.
  • Being inclusive, participatory, accountable, responsive and sensitive to the needs of sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses.
  • A society where sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya are treated with respect and dignity and their rights upheld.

Area of Focus

The following are the key objectives of BHESP:

  • Serve as a focal organization and voice for sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses
  • Provide sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses with information and linkages to services on key issues affecting them
  • Promote self and behaviour change among sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses
  • Strive for justice and welfare of sex workers, WSW, women using drugs and bar hostesses and support them to claim their rights

BHESP will realize its objectives through:

  • Employing thorough analysis to recognize problems and best solutions, while using derived conclusions to advocate for an influence policy change.
  • Actively participating in relevant forums and convening meetings that bring together all stakeholders. 
  • Working closely with clients in the search for practical and efficient solutions to their challenges.
  • Building the capacity of its internal human resources to effectively deliver on programs.