Sex workers under their umbrella organisation the Women’s Organisation Network for Human Rights Advocacy (WONETHA) yesterday petitioned Parliament demanding special recognition.
The sex workers who were represented in Parliament by the Executive Director of WONETHA, Ms Macklean Kyomya also opposed the HIV/Aids Bill saying if it is passed in its present form, it will promote discrimination against people living with the virus.
“We know that a large majority of the Ugandan public have moral objections to the work we do. However, is that a good enough reason to shut us out when we are an integral and undeniable part of society?” Ms Kyomya asked.
Ms Kyomya while presenting the petition to the speaker, Mr Edward Ssekandi said criminalising the intentional spread of HIV/Aids shall lead to the increased spread of the disease and promote discrimination.
The Parliamentary HIV/Aids committee is debating a Bill that criminalises the intentional spread of Aids. But human rights activists argue that the Bill, if not well handled will promote stigma among those infected and increase the infection rate.
Mr Ssekandi promised to forward their views to the Aids committee for consideration.
The sex workers donated condoms to Mr Ssekandi.