Sex Workers

<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$6 Million out of
$1.8 Billion for all rights

Of this <1%
95% Economic and Labor Rights
3% Health and Well-being Rights
2% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
<1% Civic and Political Participation

Top Funders

  1. Open Society Foundations $1.71 M
  2. Hivos $1.37 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $0.99 M
  4. Red Umbrella Fund $0.55 M
  5. Comic Relief UK $0.54 M
  6. Mama Cash $0.46 M
  7. The Global Fund for Women $0.42 M
  8. Ford Foundation $0.41 M
  9. Uhai Eashri $0.32 M
  10. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.27 M
  11. Esmee Fairbairn Foundation $0.12 M
  12. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.09 M
  13. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice $0.07 M
  14. The Overbrook Foundation $0.06 M
  15. Groundswell Fund $0.03 M
  16. The Rhode Island Foundation $0.03 M
  17. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.02 M
  18. HIV Young Leaders Fund $0.02 M
  19. Brazil Human Rights Fund $0.02 M
  20. Urgent Action Fund - Africa $0.02 M
  21. Tides Foundation $0.01 M
  22. Global Fund for Children $0.01 M
  23. Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund $0.01 M
  24. Women Fund Tanzania $0.01 M
  25. Calala Fondo de Mujeres $0.01 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$30.7 Million out of
$3.4 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $17.12 M
  2. Global Fund $12.47 M
  3. European Union Institutions $0.62 M
  4. Germany $0.21 M
  5. Norway $0.15 M
  6. Finland $0.05 M
  7. Switzerland $0.04 M
  8. Canada $0.04 M
  9. United Kingdom $0.01 M
  10. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$1,072,689 (18%)
38 Grants (21%)

Caribbean

$235,491 (4%)
8 Grants (4%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$739,865 (12%)
19 Grants (11%)

Global Programs

$569,260 (10%)
11 Grants (6%)

Latin America & Mexico

$803,020 (13%)
28 Grants (16%)

Middle East & North Africa

$54,500 (1%)
2 Grants (1%)

North America

$443,199 (7%)
19 Grants (11%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$1,910,375 (32%)
51 Grants (28%)

Western Europe

$346,336 (6%)
8 Grants (4%)

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

$5,706,199 (95%)
172 Grants (96%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$185,000 (3%)
1 Grants (1%)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$91,855 (2%)
5 Grants (3%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$2,252,780 (38%)
95 Grants (53%)

LGBTIQ

$2,063,627 (34%)
65 Grants (36%)

People with AIDS

$1,762,681 (29%)
50 Grants (28%)

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

  • Levi Strauss Foundation supported AsociaciĆ³n de Mujeres Meretrices de Argentina for advocacy to address stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS status and to advance the human rights of sex workers.
  • Red Umbrella Fund supported Pacific Rainbow$ Advocacy Network in Fiji to mobilize sex workers using peer education; organize safe space meetings; and build relationships with government ministries, UN agencies, and NGOs to campaign for legal and policy reform.

* 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/.