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About Us

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. 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.

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Bhesp Biomedical

BHESP is cognizant that sex workers and women who use drugs form an important epidemiological link for HIV transmission to the general population which is attributed to increased frequency of high risk sex and HIV risk behaviours which render them to be susceptible to acquisition and easy transmission of HIV and AIDS.

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Human Rights & Advocacy

BHESP is aware that sex workers, WSW, women who use drugs and bar hostesses in Kenya are often subject to violence, both in their personal lives and at work. This violence is a manifestation of stigma and discrimination which is further demonstrated by the fact that..

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