Sex Workers

<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$5 Million out of
$2.7 Billion for all rights

Of this <1%
48% Economic and Labor Rights
21% Health and Well-being Rights
18% Freedom from Violence
9% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
3% Social and Cultural Rights
1% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
<1% Civic and Political Participation
<1% Environmental and Resource Rights

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation $1.30 M
  2. American Jewish World Service $0.66 M
  3. Ford Foundation $0.63 M
  4. Red Umbrella Fund $0.57 M
  5. Mama Cash $0.48 M
  6. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.46 M
  7. Stop AIDS Now $0.20 M
  8. Open Society Foundations $0.19 M
  9. Elton John AIDS Foundation $0.17 M
  10. King Baudouin Foundation United States $0.15 M
  11. EEA and Norway Grants $0.14 M
  12. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $0.12 M
  13. Tides Foundation $0.11 M
  14. The Foundation for AIDS Research $0.10 M
  15. The Freedom Fund - London $0.09 M
  16. Hivos $0.09 M
  17. UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative $0.08 M
  18. The Pilgrim Trust $0.07 M
  19. Global Fund for Children $0.05 M
  20. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.04 M
  21. Foundation Open Society Institute - Switzerland $0.03 M
  22. HIV Young Leaders Fund $0.03 M
  23. The Northern Rock Foundation $0.03 M
  24. The MATCH International Women's Fund $0.03 M
  25. KIOS-The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights $0.03 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$11.5 Million out of
$3.8 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Australia $4.83 M
  2. Canada $1.43 M
  3. Global Fund $1.34 M
  4. United States $1.07 M
  5. Sweden $1.02 M
  6. Norway $0.73 M
  7. Finland $0.45 M
  8. European Union Institutions $0.32 M
  9. Belgium $0.25 M
  10. United Kingdom $0.02 M
  11. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$616,928 (12%)
26 Grants (20%)

Caribbean

$223,560 (5%)
6 Grants (5%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$345,764 (7%)
12 Grants (9%)

Global Programs

$3,187 (0%)
1 Grants (1%)

Latin America & Mexico

$386,138 (8%)
19 Grants (15%)

Middle East & North Africa

$28,180 (1%)
3 Grants (2%)

North America

$504,642 (10%)
11 Grants (9%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$2,422,438 (49%)
41 Grants (32%)

Western Europe

$610,511 (12%)
10 Grants (8%)

Regional focus includes grants going directly to recipients in the region specified and to recipients located in other regions for activities focused on the region specified.

Issue Focus

Economic and Labor Rights

$2,357,741 (48%)
46 Grants (36%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$1,030,918 (21%)
18 Grants (14%)

Freedom from Violence

$909,444 (18%)
45 Grants (35%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$2,174,104 (44%)
60 Grants (47%)

LGBTIQ

$1,595,601 (32%)
42 Grants (33%)

Migrants & Refugees

$424,448 (9%)
13 Grants (10%)

In order to show the intersections of multiple population groups, these graphics indicate other population groups supported within funding towards the group highlighted on this page.

Strategy Focus

Advocacy, Systems Reform and Implementation

$3,541,344 (71%)
78 Grants (61%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$1,068,476 (22%)
27 Grants (21%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$1,004,234 (20%)
32 Grants (25%)

Figures represent only grants that could be identified as supporting a specific strategy. In addition, grants may employ multiple strategies and would therefore be counted in more than one category.

Sample Grants

  • Women Fund Tanzania supported WAREMBO in Tanzania for community dialogues and trainings to improve sex workers' awareness of sexual and gender-based violence.
  • American Jewish World Service supported Asociación de Mujeres Las Golondrinas in Nicaragua to promote sex workers' rights through human rights education, sexual and reproductive health trainings, and advocacy with local authorities.

* Red Umbrella Fund, Mama Cash, and Open Society Foundations recently conducted an in-depth analysis of sex worker rights funding in 2013 and identified a total of $11 million in support. This additional support was identified through targeted data collection, including from non-governmental organizations, from which we do not collect funding data. To learn more: www.redumbrellafund.org/report/.