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 129 grants to sex worker-led organisations and networks in over 50 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.

 


Highlights

Artivism: A guerrilla tool for sex worker movements

By Aline Fantinatti I was 20 when Daspu was created in 2005 by Gabriela Leite, a pioneer of the sex workers movement in Brazil. Daspu is short for “Das Putas”, meaning (designed) by the whores. It is the name of a clothing brand created to raise funds for the sex worker NGO Davida. The name... Read more »

Red Umbrella Fund 2019 call for applications is open!

** The 2019 Call for Applications has now closed. A new Call is expected in June/July 2020. If you applied before the deadline you can expect a response before 1 November 2019. ** We have opened the 2019 call for all organizations and  regions. Please visit the link  https://www.redumbrellafund.org/grantmaking/apply-grant/ Deadline shall be on the 31st... Read more »

Red Umbrella Fund is looking for new PAC members to join us in Amsterdam!

** This process is closed for 2018 – new opportunities are expected in 2020 ** We are looking for dedicated sex worker activist from the regions of Africa, Asia and Latin-America for our Program Advisory Committee (PAC)! Every year our PAC comes together for the final part in the decision making process for the new... Read more »

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