Funding for sex worker rights: report

Opportunities for foundations to fund more and better.



The Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash and the Open Society Foundations partnered together to map global grantmaking in support of sex worker rights.

The research identified 56 foundations and NGOs that altogether invested a total of €8 million (US$11 million) in support of sex worker rights in 2013. This may sound like a lot to an individual organisation but it is just a fraction of overall spending on development and human rights. 

The report presents the Top 5 foundations investing in sex worker rights and highlights new trends and opportunities. Sex worker organisations share the main gaps in funding and provide recommendations to funders to increase  ánd improve their grantmaking.

“The political struggle against criminalisation, the battle against violence done to us, the work of building organisational structures to link us and support us better – these are long-term efforts that need sustained steady financing.”
– Sex worker organisation from Latin America participating in our survey

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