Sexwork, Health and Human Rights in Europe

The Open Society Public Health Program invites concept forms from civil society organizations and networks that seek to advance the health and human rights of sex workers in Europe.

Marginalized by stigma and criminalization, sex workers face enormous obstacles to realizing their human rights, and oppression has led to extreme levels of violence, disease, and exploitation. Justice and health systems routinely fail sex workers, and at times compound their marginalization through harmful law enforcement practices and insurmountable barriers to health care. Sex worker organizing is sometimes vilified, further exacerbating problems related to workplace health and safety. The myriad of health challenges sex workers face cannot be addressed squarely within the health system, and the structural—and often political—determinants of sex worker health extend far beyond health care.

This call provides two tracks for funding:

  1. unrestricted organizational support for organizations that primarily work on sex workers’ rights;
  2. project-based support for organizations whose mission extend beyond sex workers’ rights, or for organizations that already receive organizational support from the Open Society Foundations.
Eligibility Criteria

Concept forms are accepted from organizations based in France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. We will consider national as well as local initiatives. We also accept forms from organizations with a regional focus in the European Union.

For unrestricted organizational support: The organization must focus primarily on sex workers’ health and human rights, and employ a structural or political analysis of sex workers’ health in its work. It must advance one or more of the five funding priorities.

For project support: The project must be designed to advance one or more of the five funding priorities. It must have clear objectives that are achievable within the term of the project, which cannot extend beyond two years.

We do not support health service delivery.