21 Jun

¡Nuestra Convocatoria para Solicitudes de Subvenciones de 2021 está ABIERTA!

¡Nuestra Convocatoria para Solicitudes de Subvenciones de 2021 está ABIERTA! Las organizaciones y redes dirigidas por trabajadorxs sexuales de cualquier parte del mundo son aptas para solicitarlas

Para mejorar la seguridad digital de todas las solicitudes se deben enviar sólo en línea.

Se aceptan solicitudes desde el 22 de junio al 1 de agosto de 2021

Para solicitar para una subvención, por favor, revisa nuestra Guía de Solicitud de 2021 y Preguntas Habituales (FAQ) disponibles en https://www.redumbrellafund.org/es/programa-de-subvenciones/apoyo-financiero/

01 Jul

La convocatoria global está abierta!

¡La nueva convocatoria global del Fondo Paraguas Rojo (2017) está abierta hasta el 28 de julio.

Tu grupo, organización o red, ¿está dirigido por trabajador*s sexuales?

Tu grupo, organización o red, ¿reconoce que el trabajo sexual es trabajo?

A tu grupo, organización o red, ¿le interesa contribuir a construir y fortalecer el movimiento de l*s trabajador*s sexuales?

Haz clic aquí para más información

Red Umbrella Fund Call2016 poster_ESP

¿Cómo colicitar una donación?

Descargar el cartel

Notre 2017 Appel à Propositions est ouvert jusqu’au 28 Septiembre

Cliquez ici pour deposer une demande de subvention.

Télécharger l’affiche

The Red Umbrella Fund’s global Call for Applications is open until 28 July 2017.

Apply for a grant here.

Фонд «Красный Зонт» открыл прием заявок о соискании грантов на 2017 год!

Нажмите здесь для Pусский



15 Dic

In solidarity with Kemal Ördek

Last week, Kemal Ordek, a trans* sex worker and the head of Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association, a Red Umbrella Fund grantee-partner, was assaulted and raped in their home in Ankara, Turkey. The Red Umbrella Fund is concerned that these criminal acts are not being taken seriously enough by the Turkish authorities.

The story of Kemal Ordek is not unique. It is the story of many people in the sex worker community around the world. Violence and impunity for this violence are fuelled by laws and social norms that fail to respect the fundamental human rights of sex workers and trans* people. Police corruption further exacerbates the problem.

In Kemal’s own words:

“What I will tell you is not a simple robbery case. It’s not a mere rape case either. This is the story of a series of events that could possibly end in murder. It is a story of the apathy and the denial and ignorance that come after—the story of the surrounding paralysis of a lonely sex worker and an LGBTI.”

Kemal’s case sheds light on several injustices and abuses regularly experienced by those in the trans* sex worker community in Turkey – at the work place, in the streets or even in their homes. It also calls into question the effectiveness of national laws and policies that should be combatting violence, reducing vulnerability and ensuring universal access to rights and justice for sex workers and trans* people. There is no justice if justice isn’t accessible to all.

It’s time to end violence, stigma and discrimination against sex workers and trans* people. We urge the Turkish authorities to take violations against trans* sex workers seriously by conducting a thorough investigation, led by and focused on supporting Kemal’s human rights. In addition, we urge for better laws and policies to protect sex workers and trans* people in Turkey.

Read full story:



16 Ago

Definitely Rights

“Rights not rescue” – the message could not be more clear in an article published this week in the Amsterdam-based newspaper, de Volkskrant, about the sex workers’ rights organising around the world.

volkskrant RUF article 2013


‘I’m an independent woman’, says Juliëtte, from the Dutch Geisha Fund, in a spirited tone. ‘My profession is beautiful. I don’t want to be treated like a victim. I’m too proud for that. I get so tired of people talking about us. The feminists try to decide what is good for me.’  

‘Yes, violence does take place’, says her colleague Jacqueline. ‘Violence also takes place in marriages. Should we ban marriage because of that?’

Dutch journalist Rob Vreeken writes about the Red Umbrella Fund’s approach to financing sex workers’ rights organisations – where decisions about funding are made by sex workers themselves.

Sex workers […] want to be heard and recognised. They say that they are too often the subject of discussions and decision-making by both conservative governments, and well-meaning donors and aid organisations. Too much moralism and paternalism.

The Red Umbrella Fund embodies the opposite approach. The sex workers here have the final say. All the money goes to sex workers and their self-led organisations. The decriminalisation of sex work and recognition of the profession as an honest job are the cornerstones of its philosophy.


Read the entire article here: Volkskrant article ‘Sex workers tired of paternalism’

Crossposted from Mama Cash

20 Oct

Interview with Miriam Edwards – member of the International Steering Committee

Miriam Edwards, members of the International Steering Committee (ISC) of the Red Umbrella Fund, Executive Director and founding member of the Guyana Sex Work Coalition and co-chair of the Caribbean Sex Work Coalition, explains why the Red Umbrella Fund is of vital importance to sex workers.

Miriam Edwards

Miriam Edwards

«The Red Umbrella Fund will help sex worker activists and sex workers to actually be able to speak for themselves in terms of having money, having advocacy meetings, and building sex workers’ strengths. So that we can have a voice and we can have a movement.

It will help strengthen us and the work that we are doing.

Despite sex workers’ vulnerability to HIV in the Caribbean, less than one percent of HIV funding goes to work with sex workers. Sex worker-led organisations really do not benefit from this funding because the grants go to organisations that work with sex workers, to programmes set out for sex workers rather than organisations we lead ourselves.

Often we have to dance to the tune of the persons handling the funds, but we don’t get a chance to speak.

With the Red Umbrella Fund, I feel like the work that I’ve been fighting for over the years has started to manifest in a good way. I feel real excited that at last sex workers have a place at decision-making tables and that I am a member of the International Steering Committee. With this fund we are able to make decisions for ourselves and to sit and talk with donors.

I feel the work that I am doing, as an activist, being a sex worker, fighting for sex workers’ rights over the years, I feel good that it’s not going unheard.»


This interview is conducted by Mama Cash and was published in Mama Cash’s Annual Report 2012 (page 28).