In December 2010, after more than a year of dialogue, an international group of sex workers and donors formally decided to launch a new global grant-making initiative called The Red Umbrella Fund. Accordingly, The Red Umbrella Fund is now being formed for a launch in early 2012, to be a grant-making initiative designed to strengthen and ensure the sustainability of the sex worker rights movement by catalyzing new funding specifically for sex worker-led organizations and national, regional and global networks.
The Interim Steering Committee of the Red Umbrella Fund (see signatories below) is now seeking nominations for sex workers and donors to serve on the International Steering Committee, the governing body of the Red Umbrella Fund. The International Steering Committee will be comprised of at least 51% sex workers (e.g., at least 7 of 11 members) along with donors to the Red Umbrella Fund, providing strategic policy and programmatic oversight.
We bring to your attention the attached self-nomination for the International Steering Committee of the Red Umbrella Fund. We kindly request that you distribute it to sex worker or donor candidates who fit the criteria described in the attached nomination form.
The deadline for submission of the proposal is 7 October 2011.
Should you have any questions about the nomination process, please direct them to Julia Greenberg at [email protected]. The Fremont Center is providing support to the Interim Steering Committee of the Red Umbrella Fund during its start up phase.
Thank you very much.
The Interim Steering Committee (ISC) of the Red Umbrella Fund
Deborah Alvarez, Group Fanny Mujeres Transgenero de Ciudad Juarez
Miriam Edwards, Caribbean Sex Work Coalition/One Love Organization
Heather Doyle, Sexual Health and Rights Program, Open Society Foundations (coordinator of ISC)
Irene Keizer, AIDS Fonds Netherlands
Gabriela Leite, Davida and the Brazilian Network of Prostitutes
Sheena Manikiwai, Survivor Advocacy Organization
John Muhaburu Mathenge, MSM Sex Worker Outreach Program
Lucy Wanjiku Mungala, HIVOS
Nicky McIntyre and Annie Hillar, Mama Cash
Ruth Morgan Thomas, Global Network of Sex Worker Projects
Jessica Wrenn and Kate Kroeger, American Jewish World Service