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 63 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in 42 countries. They were selected by the sex worker-led Programme Advisory Committee (PAC) out of over 1600 applications during three rounds of applications (2012, 2013 and 2014).



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Ohotu means Love

How the sex workers’ movement in Nigeria is “growing and showing” despite violence The Nigerian Criminal Code penalises sex work with imprisonment, while at the same time the government claims to focus on promoting education and alternative employment for sex workers. However, 65 percent of Nigerians live below the international poverty line, revealing a significant... Read more »

SCOT-PEP Reaches Next Milestone

… On Road to End Violence Against Sex Workers For the first time in the history of the sixteen-year-old Scottish Parliament, a bill  developed in conjunction with sex worker led organisations is being discussed. On November 10, 2015, eight panellists, three Members of the Scottish Parliament and over fifty other interested activists, constituents, and community... Read more »
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In Loving Memory of Elena Tsukerman

The Red Umbrella Fund shares its heartfelt condolences for the loss of Elena Tsukerman, or Lena as we have come to know her, with her family, friends, colleagues and peer activists. We are shocked to learn of her sudden passing, and deeply saddened by the loss of this strong and highly committed activist who did... Read more »

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