Fellow Since 2006
This profile was prepared when Reda Shoukry was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
The New Idea
Reda argues that maintaining the health and safety of those at highest risk for HIV infection is critical to ensuring the health of the broader society. She is introducing a range of supports that give high-risk individuals, including sex workers, access to information, services, and awareness of practices that will protect them from infection. By improving body image, by gaining their deep trust, and by changing the way other organizations and agencies work with high-risk populations, Reda helps encourage safe sex and, by doing so, reduce the rate of infection to themselves and to the greater public. In order to rehabilitate sex workers in the long run, she wants to offer tools and skills that will allow them to lead a different life and, in some situations, pursue a different career path.