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Grace Kamau

Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHESP) - 2011 Fellow

Grace has been involved in HIV prevention programs with the Bar Hostess Empowerment and Support Programme (BHSP) for the past four years. Her passion has been working with sex workers and bar hostesses on issues of HIV prevention and human rights. Grace currently works as project officer with the BHZP, where she coordinates sex workers and bar hostess groups across Kenya with a membership of more than forty thousand sex workers. She has worked with police officers in Kenya as stakeholders around human rights abuses of sex workers. She is also currently the Secretary of the Sex Worker Alliance for Kenya, and sits on the Kenya Technical Advisory body for sex workers. A graduate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Grace holds a bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Sociology and Political Science.

Fellowship Focus: Grace's engaged sex workers and bar hostesses to better understand the processes of PrEP and Microbicides research and how these affect and are affected by them. She explored the issues and concerns about possible future access to these kinds of interventions for sex workers and bar hostesses. Also as an Advocacy Fellow, she engaged policy makers on the benefits that these potential HIV prevention interventions could have for high risk groups such as sex workers and bar hostesses.

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