Empowering the marginalised and vulnerable communities in Namibia

Published: August 13, 2012

The Khaibasen Community Project in Namibia has been engaged in raising awareness, educating and giving voice to vulnerable communities, especially girls (some of them as young as 11 years) who are engaging in transactional sex to make ends meet.
“I have felt emotionally and mentally empowered by the talk sessions which the Khaibasen Community Project have given us. The psycho-social support group meetings gave me important knowledge about my rights and how to take care of myself,” said Gan-Gans, a 24-year-old sex worker and a regular attendee of these meetings.
Funded by support from Finland through UNAIDS, the community project supports vulnerable women and girls in the informal settlement of Keetmanshoop to enable them to better articulate their rights and deal with critical issues, such as sexual and reproductive health, gender-based violence, and HIV prevention, care and treatment services.
“With the financial and capacity building support provided by UNAIDS we are able to reach vulnerable women in informal settlements in Keetmanshoop,” said Desiree Haman, Coordinator of the Khaibasen Community Project. The project provides HIV-related advice, training and support to women, including sex workers, transgendered women, lesbians as well as young people, especially in the Karas region.

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