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Nikat Women's Association - Ethiopia

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Introduction

Established in 2006 by a group of sex workers, Nikat aims to improve the living conditions of low-income women and commercial sex workers in Addis Ababa in an effort to fight poverty and protect their health. Members share information about protecting themselves from HIV and violence through skills-building and other empowerment activities, such as income-generating projects. Nikat builds the economic and social development capacity of its members by increasing their confidence and employability. In addition to offering primary health care and counselling, the organisation provides workshops on HIV and STI prevention, condom use, violence, gender issues, human rights and counselling on HIV. The Commercial Sex Worker Drop-In-Center inaugurated in 2008 provides a safe place where women can access information on HIV, health and social issues. The centre has served over 4,500 sex workers and trained 75 members as peer-educators, who in turn reach out to the community with prevention education and condom distribution targeting vulnerable groups such as sex workers and truck drivers. The first grassroots community-based association established by sex workers in Ethiopia, Nikat has fought against stigma to demonstrate that by protecting the rights of sex workers and empowering them, they can play an important role in the national AIDS response.

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Successes

Profile in Brief
Organisation
Nikat Women's Association
Region
Africa
Classification
Grassroots Initiative
Field of Work
Treatment, Care and Support
Prevention
Harm Reduction
Gender
Populations Served
Women
Sex Workers
Potential Clients
Migrant Workers
Hotel Owners
Truck Drivers
Founded
2006
Staff
58 full-time, 282 part-time, 1326 volunteers
  • The success of Nikat has resulted in the Wise Up Project establishing 21 sex worker associations in different cities in Ethiopia using Nikat as a model.
  • Nikat has greatly assisted in reducing sex work within Ethiopia.
  • The establishment of a drop-in center which has been used by thousands of commercial sex workers.
  • In collaboration with PACT, Ethiopia’s V-Day Group, Nikat celebrates V-Day which is an annual campaign that seeks to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls through stage performances, festivals and different events.

Partnerships

  • Dkt Ethiopia
  • Temeret Le Hiwot
  • PACT Ethiopia
  • Health Communication Partnership
  • HAPCO
  • ISAPSO

Contact

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Phone:  +251-116-187292
Address:  
Bambis Street
Kirkos Sub-city
Kebele 01/19
Addis Ababa, Shewa, 6148
Ethiopia