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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ISC May2016s

Who will join our ISC?

The Red Umbrella Fund is looking for committed sex worker activists to join our International Steering Committee (ISC)! Are you an experienced sex worker and activist interested in supporting the sex workers’ rights movements at a global level?  Do you agree with the need to respect sex work as work and ensure that sex workers... Read more »
PAC 2016

Covering the World with the Red Umbrella – Reflections of a PAC Member

After a few unsuccessful applications by my organization, Bar Hostess Empowerment & Support Programme (BHESP), to the Red Umbrella Fund, I saw it:  the call for sex workers to be part of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Red Umbrella Fund. That is the group that reviews proposals from sex workers’ organizations from all... Read more »
Minerva5

Red Umbrella Fund: Who Gets to Choose?

This blog was written by Minerva Valenzuela, our Programme Advisory Committee member based in Mexico City. It was initially published in Spanish at the feminist collaborative blog Harén de Nadie. Minerva is a sex workers’ rights advocate and peer reviewed two grant-making rounds of the Red Umbrella Fund. In this blog she shares her excitement... Read more »

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