Funding Sex Workers Rights
On August 15th 2017 I started working at Red Umbrella Fund, the fist global fund by and for sex workers.
Since then, my knowledge on sex workers' rights got deepened. I got the opportunity to learn from the global movement. My discourse went from making the personal political to linking it to a human rights approach.
Within philanthropy I advocate for what is called 'participatory grant-making' which involves communities in the decision making on funding. I also aim to raise visibility on the lack of funding for sex workers' rights and the severe lack of community members among staff in philanthropy and linking sex workers rights to feminism.
I include here some links with some of work as a grant maker and a funder advocate:
Some of these contributions are on pictures.
Some of them have both pictures and words. You can also listen a radio podcast with Mama Cash, which is the organisation thats hosts Red Umbrella Fund.
Picture taken at the offices of Mama Cash in 2017 with members of our Program Advisory Committee.
queer.red is one of the latest initiatives I am part of.
queer.Red Foundation was born to contribute to a greater visibility of a more nuanced representation of sex work, challenge existing stigmatization of sex workers in society, promote emancipation and empowerment of sex workers in all social and economic sectors and improve their control over their bodies, working conditions and rights.
We aim to achieve this primarily by: organizing cultural and social events primarily in the form of a film & art festival and events, with a focus on sex work as an intersectional experience. These events will focus on promoting films and art created by and for the sex worker community and by producing platforms that provide a space for networking, inspiration, artistic expression and education.
Our objective is to increase the acknowledgment that sex work is not a fixed identity, but rather intersects with choice, sexual orientation and gender, capitalism and socialism, economic capacity, migration and border controls, as well state and individualized oppressions and power dynamics. We intend to produce events that connect siloed movements, making the intersectional experience of being in a politicized body traditionally excluded from other political spaces and narratives, more visible.
Why we do what we do
We are a group of (former) sex workers, feminists, queer and trans people from all different walks of life and backgrounds. Years of activism have taught us the valuable lesson that we are often fighting separate struggles which actually intersect on many levels: we are all minorities facing and fighting similar injustices, stigmas and misrepresentations. By bringing different minority identities together in the hope that others will also realize and feel inspired to unite and stand strong together against discrimination, violence, injustice and oppression in all its different forms. We want to help raise awareness of the current lack of public resources and support for sex workers to organise, strengthen and grow.
We aim to have our first festival in 2022, if this pandemic allows us.