This is a responsive friendly services facility located in the community where female sex workers drop by to relax, share personal stories/experiences access basic health information including PrEP, PEP, Family Planning, and commodities such as HTS, SRH services, condoms, lubricants and ART to achieve access to integrated Gender Based Violence (GBV), Mental Health & Economic Empowerment into quality HIV/SRHR & TB services including access to preventive biomedical innovations and acceleration of SDGs; Social Economic Empowerment (SEE) to diversify female sex workers and adolescent girls income. This is done through AWAC’s innovative models such as Drop-in Centre, CHLEGs Community Health Livelihood Enhancement Groups (CHLEGs), Girls Action Clubs, Peer Strengths Footsteps (PSF) Model, Community Human rights & Sustainable Development Goals Accelerators (CHuSA) and Her Legacy Initiative model.
Under this result area, AWAC works to build her own capacity and the capacity of rural and peri- urban grassroots female sex worker led CBOs/organizations to be able to demand for their sexual health rights including access to services through effective and efficient coordination, strengthening governance and community leadership structures and mobilizing the necessary resources to achieve this result. This is achieved through: Institutional strengthening and mentorship and coaching with the use role models for grass root sex workers, training them in feminist transformational leadership and movement building-designed to strengthen female sex worker’s solidarity, community leadership, advocacy, and strategies for building collective organizing and social transformation; resource mobilization and basic management skills.
This aims at promoting rights and evidence-based policies and programmes for and by grassroot rural and peri-urban based female sex workers countrywide. It also aims at strengthening participation in the development and dissemination of rights-based research , and knowledge management, and learning; and collection, analysis and dissemination of grassroot rural and peri-urban based female sex workers in Uganda.
This aims at scaling up access to integrated gender-based violence, mental health & socio-economic empowerment services into HIV/SRHR & TB programming across the country. It also focuses on building the capacity of grass root rural and peri-urban based female sex workers in the acceleration of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDGs) in Uganda; addressing stigma, discrimination & challenging criminalization of all forms; demand creation for HTS, supporting adherence, index contact tracing, disclosure, retention into care and saving through CoSLAs (Community Saving and Loans associations).
This taps into a peer’s latent strengths and challenge her to mobilize, lead, mentor, breathe faith and radiate the same competence to those who come to walk in her footsteps. With AWAC’s support, these peers evolve from emerging peer leaders to group leaders to CBO leaders who later strengthen other groups to become CBOs.
Model is instrumental in increasing targeted HIV/AIDS testing yield, supporting linkages, adherence, disclosure, index contact tracing as well as reducing stigma and discrimination against Female Sex Workers (FSWs) at individual, community and national levels.
The model seeks to empower grassroot Rural and Peri urban FSWs as Champions of Human Rights & SDGs Acceleration to initiate & implement well-coordinated, innovative rights-based interventions that fast-track SDGs in their respective communities, using the SDG Squeeze Dance concept. The ‘Squeeze Dance’ evokes visions of partners dancing in perfect synchronization, their bodies moving together every step of the way, in harmony with the music.
In a bid to strategically sustain and accelerate investments towards fulfilling AWAC’s mandate even after donor funding is no more, AWAC established the HerLegacy Fund (HLF) initiative. HLF initiative is aimed at financing the construction and furnishing of AWAC -Institute of Holistic Transformation (IHT) that will be comprised of a Wellness Centre; Economic Empowerment Centre; Research and Innovation Centre of Excellency, Microfinance Institution for a sustainable and holistic development, Accommodation facilities for Trainees & Volunteers and Shelter for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV).