Phelister Abdalla

Phelister Abdalla

Based in Kenya

Phelister Abdalla is the National Coordinator of Kenya Sex Workers Alliance. She is a co- founder of African Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) and one of the pioneers of the Sex Workers Movements in Africa. Before joining KESWA, Phelister worked for ICRH Kenya as a peer educator and zone leader leading in the organization’s advocacy and peer mobilization.Phelister is on the front line in creating awareness and advocating for the rights of sex workers at national, regional and global levels including lobbying and advocacy for policy reform and leading in decriminalization of sex work process in Kenya. She is known for her articulation in addressing critical issues such as stigma and discrimination; violence faced by sex workers, community of sex workers’ empowerment and inclusion of the sex workers’ agenda across the country and across Africa.Her dedication to highlighting the issues of sex workers, places her as a strategic Key Populations and particularly sex workers Board member in the Global network of sex work projects (NSWP) , Global Network of people living with HIV (GNP+) and at the Global Fund acting as a regional expert on Global fund issues. Phelister also serves on numerous committees and other boards representing sex workers and Key Populations in Kenya, Africa and globally and is also engaged in Global Fund related processes at the national level.