December 17, 2014

Report: Funding for sex worker rights

Opportunities for foundations to fund more and better

Mama Cash has joined efforts with The Red Umbrella Fund and the Open Society Foundations to map global grantmaking for sex worker rights by foundations and other non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The research identified 56 foundations and NGOs that altogether invested a total of €8 million (US$11 million) in support of sex worker rights in 2013. This may sound like a lot to an individual organisation but it is just a fraction of overall spending on development and human rights. 

“The political struggle against criminalisation, the battle against violence done to us, the work of building organisational structures to link us and support us better – these are long-term efforts that need sustained steady financing.”

– Sex worker organisation from Latin America, survey response

The research report presents the Top 5 foundations investing in sex worker rights and highlights new trends and opportunities. Sex worker organisations share the key gaps in funding and provide recommendations to funders to improve their grantmaking.