Sex Workers

<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$7.4 Million out of
$2.3 Billion for all rights

Of this <1%
29% Freedom from Violence
27% Economic and Labor Rights
18% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
16% Environmental and Resource Rights
6% Health and Well-being Rights
4% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
<1% Transitional Justice and Peacebuilding
<1% Civic and Political Participation

Top Funders

  1. Comic Relief UK $3.09 M
  2. Open Society Foundations $1.05 M
  3. American Jewish World Service $0.85 M
  4. Mama Cash $0.50 M
  5. Segal Family Foundation $0.30 M
  6. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation $0.24 M
  7. Tides Foundation $0.22 M
  8. Red Umbrella Fund $0.21 M
  9. Ford Foundation $0.20 M
  10. Hivos $0.19 M
  11. Stop AIDS Now $0.18 M
  12. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.18 M
  13. East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative $0.12 M
  14. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.12 M
  15. The Oak Foundation $0.10 M
  16. King Baudouin Foundation United States $0.10 M
  17. The M.A.C. AIDS Fund $0.05 M
  18. African Women's Development Fund $0.05 M
  19. The Overbrook Foundation $0.04 M
  20. Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres $0.04 M
  21. Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights $0.03 M
  22. $0.02 M
  23. Global Fund for Children $0.02 M
  24. EEA and Norway Grants $0.01 M
  25. Semillas $0.01 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$14.5 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Global Fund $7.11 M
  2. Sweden $6.35 M
  3. European Union Institutions $0.44 M
  4. Finland $0.25 M
  5. Belgium $0.20 M
  6. Norway $0.15 M
  7. United Kingdom $0.01 M
  8. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$2,310,922 (31%)
35 Grants (28%)

Caribbean

$219,027 (3%)
10 Grants (8%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$606,700 (8%)
13 Grants (10%)

Global Programs

$445,011 (6%)
4 Grants (3%)

Latin America & Mexico

$286,735 (4%)
16 Grants (13%)

Middle East & North Africa

$10,550 (0%)
3 Grants (2%)

North America

$418,797 (6%)
9 Grants (7%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$3,152,416 (43%)
35 Grants (28%)

Western Europe

$615,042 (8%)
7 Grants (6%)

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

Freedom from Violence

$2,154,305 (29%)
30 Grants (24%)

Economic and Labor Rights

$2,004,478 (27%)
56 Grants (45%)

Sexual and Reproductive Rights

$1,295,949 (18%)
16 Grants (13%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$4,101,394 (55%)
65 Grants (52%)

Children & Youth

$3,536,610 (48%)
17 Grants (14%)

LGBTIQ

$1,557,441 (21%)
38 Grants (30%)

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

$2,751,404 (37%)
47 Grants (38%)

Public Engagement and Awareness-raising

$1,049,971 (14%)
26 Grants (21%)

Research and Documentation

$728,967 (10%)
8 Grants (6%)

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 AsociaciĆ³n 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/.