Sex Workers

<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$5.9 Million out of
$1.7 Billion for all rights

Of this <1%
99% Economic and Labor Rights
1% Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Top Funders

  1. Hivos $1.92 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $1.40 M
  3. Mama Cash $0.61 M
  4. American Jewish World Service $0.49 M
  5. Ford Foundation $0.25 M
  6. Stop AIDS Now $0.22 M
  7. The Oak Foundation $0.15 M
  8. American Jewish World Service - Donor Advised Funds $0.13 M
  9. Uhai Eashri $0.12 M
  10. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.12 M
  11. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice $0.11 M
  12. The Overbrook Foundation $0.06 M
  13. Third Wave Foundation $0.05 M
  14. The Global Fund for Women $0.05 M
  15. Mensen met een Missie $0.04 M
  16. G. II Charities $0.04 M
  17. Foundation for a Just Society $0.03 M
  18. Brazil Human Rights Fund $0.02 M
  19. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.02 M
  20. Ms. Foundation for Women $0.02 M
  21. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $0.02 M
  22. The Northern Rock Foundation $0.01 M
  23. Firelight Endowment $0.01 M
  24. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.01 M
  25. Strategic Fund for Turkey $0.01 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$17.4 Million out of
$3.5 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $10.55 M
  2. Global Fund $2.89 M
  3. Spain $2.51 M
  4. European Union Institutions $0.40 M
  5. Belgium $0.28 M
  6. Finland $0.27 M
  7. Germany $0.16 M
  8. Norway $0.16 M
  9. Canada $0.07 M
  10. Italy $0.07 M
  11. Luxembourg $0.02 M
  12. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$1,832,637 (31%)
25 Grants (19%)

Caribbean

$120,000 (2%)
2 Grants (2%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$236,622 (4%)
8 Grants (6%)

Global Programs

$819,397 (14%)
9 Grants (7%)

Latin America & Mexico

$608,214 (10%)
19 Grants (15%)

Middle East & North Africa

$102,740 (2%)
5 Grants (4%)

North America

$222,000 (4%)
11 Grants (8%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$1,845,976 (31%)
48 Grants (37%)

Western Europe

$425,031 (7%)
7 Grants (5%)

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

$5,872,239 (99%)
128 Grants (98%)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$41,154 (1%)
2 Grants (2%)

$0 (0%)
0 Grants (0%)

Intersecting Populations

LGBTIQ

$2,975,117 (50%)
55 Grants (42%)

People with AIDS

$2,722,141 (46%)
35 Grants (27%)

Women & Girls

$2,451,881 (41%)
65 Grants (50%)

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.

Sample Grants

  • UHAI - the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, in line with its movement building agenda, gave a grant to Anonymous in Burundi, to contribute to the psychosocial care of LGBT persons and sex workers who are victims of violence based on gender or sexual identity.
  • Mama Cash gave to SZEXE, the Association of Hungarian Sex Workers to provide legal aid for sex workers experiencing discrimination and to build the leadership capacities of sex workers in Hungary and of Hungarian origin working abroad to network, mobilize campaigns, and interact with the media to reduce the stigma of sex work.

* 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/.