Dec17Kenya 2010: public forum at sarakasi dome – photos

photos by Mentalacrobatics and Harvesttone

The programme at Sarakasi Dome began with a press conference addressed by the organisers of Dec17Kenya.

Dorothy Ogutu (KESWA), Peninah Mwangi (BHESP),  Zawadi Nyong'o and Manduli

Dorothy Ogutu (KESWA), Peninah Mwangi (BHESP), Zawadi Nyong'o and Manduli

The place was filled to capacity.

crowds at Dec17kenya

Speakers, who included Zawadi Nyong’o and Esther Passaris, talked about basic human rights, workers rights and challenges and way forward for sex workers.

Peninah Mwangi (BHESP)

Zawadi Nyongo

A participant shelters herself and her children from the hot sun as they eat lunch

The MC was hilarious. She kept us on our toes.

Dec17Kenya 2010: Silent street procession – photos

photos by Mentalacrobatics.

Today is the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. It was created by Dr. Annie Sprinkle in 2003 as a day to raise awareness of the violence in sex work and to highlight the discrimination that sex workers face. The day is observed globally on December 17th.

In Kenya, where this event is being marked for the first time, a march to mark the International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers began on Koinange Street.

The street was red.

The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Rights and it is increasingly being used on December 17: “First adopted by Venetian sex workers for an anti-violence march in 2002, red umbrellas have come to symbolize resistance against discrimination for sex workers worldwide.”

It was a peaceful procession (with all the right permits!) and the cops even helped coordinate the human and car traffic.

The procession walks past Central Police Station on the way to the Sarakasi Dome in Ngara.

Once at the Sarakasi Dome, people queued up and waited patiently to get in.