Video: “I deserve respect for my work as a sex worker”

March 2, 2016 Country Uganda Filed under HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights 6 Comments

Christine Namutebi, 21, lost her parents at the age of five, and was not able to stay in school. At the age of 18, she moved to Kampala, Uganda and started selling sex.

She is now a peer educator and supports other young women like her, who work on the street. Watch Christine’s story and find out how she learned to negotiate for safer sex through the support of the Uganda Link Up project.

Find out more about Link Up – a sexual and reproductive health and rights project – which is helping thousands of young people in Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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Adella is a Ugandan journalist working as a programmes producer, blogger and digital expert.

She has a keen interest in health reporting, especially on HIV. Adella also blogs on women’s health and advocates for girl’s empowerment.

You can see mor of her work on her personal blog: www.adellambabazi.wordpress.com

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6 responses to “Video: “I deserve respect for my work as a sex worker””

  1. Thank you so much Adella for this video, this was interesting. If only we could have something like this all over Africa, this will be a better place.

  2. Thanks so much Adella , this is good.

  3. Olive says:

    Adella well done, this is an interesting story. Keep it up.

  4. chibuike says:

    WOW! This is an amazing work Adella. Great work here. keep it up.

    So how did you get her to talk about her work openly? Is it legal in Uganda?

  5. Adella Mbabazi says:

    Chibuike i guess Christine is just a confident girl and she knows what she wants.With such confidence, it was easy for her to open up and also asking the rights questions at a right time. It is advisable to be friendly by engaging them first. Believe me they will open up.
    But also for Christine’s case, Link Up project where she is a peer educator, she has been empowered to speak her mind out and fight for her rights as a young sex worker since it is still illegal in Uganda.But the ministry of health in partnership with Uganda AIDS Commission have started programmes that will be targeting key populations in having equal access to health services in the country. This is a group that has been neglected for a long long time

  6. Congratulations to the reporter, actually Christine’s story is good and educative to other girls up country. In Teso sub region- Eastern Uganda there are so many girls which faced the same challenge of losing parents to Karamojong rusters, LRA rebels, HIV/ Aids and most of them earn a living in a hard way.

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