The Red Umbrella Fund is the first global fund guided by and for sex workers. We believe that change will only be achieved through strong, collaborative movements of sex workers advocating for their rights, with the support of their allies. Sex workers themselves are the best positioned to know what is needed for them, and best placed to do something about it. The Red Umbrella Fund exists to mobilise resources to help strengthen and sustain the movement in achieving human rights for sex workers.

“It’s helpful having sex workers making funding decisions because we understand which projects or groups will really be effective towards positive change. Bottom line, it’s our bodies, our lives, and we should be at the forefront of all decisions affecting us”  (member of the Red Umbrella Fund’s Programme Advisory Committee)

Since its creation in 2012, the Red Umbrella Fund has made 78 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in 45 countries. All our grantees are selected by our international Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) which is led by sex workers.

Learn more about how to apply for a grant here.

 


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Sisonke March on International Sex Worker Rights Day in Cape Town

My Feminism Supports Sex Workers’ Rights

When one of the International Steering Committee members of the Red Umbrella Fund asked me why I chose to volunteer here out of all organizations for the summer, I struggled to come up with an articulate answer on the spot. “I’d always heard rhetoric about including sex workers in feminism,” I told him, “and I... Read more »
Red Umbrella Fund Call2016 poster

2016 Call for Applications is now closed

The Red Umbrella Fund’s 2016 global Call for Applications is now closed. Is your group, organisation or network led by sex workers? Do you agree that sex work should be recognised as work? Do you contribute to building and strengthening the sex workers’ rights movement(s)? The Red Umbrella Fund gives grants to sex worker-led groups... Read more »
Sharmus PAC_2015

In Loving Memory of Sharmus Outlaw

It deeply saddens all of us to have to let go Sharmus Outlaw, our 2016 Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) member, who passed away last week after so many achievements and struggles in her life. Our hearts go out particularly to all her friends and colleagues who have stayed with her in the most difficult of... Read more »

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