Sex Workers

<1%
Share of foundation
human rights funding

$5.8 Million out of
$2.4 Billion for all rights

Of this <1%
51% Freedom from Violence
20% Economic and Labor Rights
14% Health and Well-being Rights
6% Sexual and Reproductive Rights
4% Social and Cultural Rights
3% Equality Rights and Freedom from Discrimination
2% Human Rights, General
<1% Environmental and Resource Rights

Top Funders

  1. Oak Foundation $1.20 M
  2. American Jewish World Service $0.85 M
  3. Elton John AIDS Foundation $0.65 M
  4. Levi Strauss Foundation $0.60 M
  5. Mama Cash $0.40 M
  6. Red Umbrella Fund $0.38 M
  7. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation $0.37 M
  8. UHAI: East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative $0.21 M
  9. Stop AIDS Now $0.20 M
  10. The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice $0.17 M
  11. Fund For Global Human Rights $0.16 M
  12. Tides Foundation $0.16 M
  13. Ford Foundation $0.15 M
  14. EEA and Norway Grants $0.15 M
  15. The Pilgrim Trust $0.14 M
  16. Hivos $0.13 M
  17. Open Society Fund Prague $0.10 M
  18. Stephen Lewis Foundation $0.08 M
  19. The Freedom Fund - London $0.08 M
  20. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation $0.05 M
  21. African Women's Development Fund $0.04 M
  22. Global Fund for Children $0.03 M
  23. Bodossaki Foundation $0.02 M
  24. The Bromley Trust $0.02 M
  25. The MATCH International Women's Fund $0.02 M
  26. M = Millions

Bilateral and Multilateral Funding

<1%
Share of OECD
human rights funding

$2.4 Million out of
$3.7 Billion for all rights

Top Funders

  1. Sweden $0.83 M
  2. Norway $0.46 M
  3. Global Fund $0.44 M
  4. Finland $0.33 M
  5. Germany $0.13 M
  6. Belgium $0.13 M
  7. European Union Institutions $0.07 M
  8. Czech Republic $0.02 M
  9. Italy $0.005 M
  10. M = Millions

Regional Focus

Asia & Pacific

$801,410 (14%)
30 Grants (20%)

Caribbean

$299,636 (5%)
11 Grants (7%)

Eastern Europe, Central Asia, & Russia

$437,138 (8%)
12 Grants (8%)

Global Programs

$213,500 (4%)
3 Grants (2%)

Latin America & Mexico

$475,234 (8%)
18 Grants (12%)

Middle East & North Africa

$22,000 (0%)
2 Grants (1%)

North America

$764,850 (13%)
14 Grants (9%)

Sub-Saharan Africa

$1,233,046 (21%)
52 Grants (34%)

Western Europe

$1,563,745 (27%)
11 Grants (7%)

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

$2,965,007 (51%)
67 Grants (44%)

Economic and Labor Rights

$1,129,960 (20%)
47 Grants (31%)

Health and Well-being Rights

$800,300 (14%)
21 Grants (14%)

Intersecting Populations

Women & Girls

$3,841,694 (66%)
95 Grants (63%)

LGBTIQ

$1,830,489 (32%)
49 Grants (32%)

Children & Youth

$888,658 (15%)
23 Grants (15%)

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

$4,452,651 (77%)
118 Grants (78%)

Capacity-building and Technical Assistance

$2,220,986 (38%)
60 Grants (39%)

Coalition-building and Collaboration

$1,197,724 (21%)
43 Grants (28%)

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/.