Regional updates: Global

The Rainbow Leaders is a leadership training program, offered to activists – leaders in the Global LGBTI movement. Organisations working on sex workers' rights are also encouraged to apply!

Already more than 100 leaders have been admitted to the first three cycles. Now we are ready to start the application process for Rainbow Leaders cycle 4. Altogether 25 LGBTI leaders from different countries and regions are going to work together this fall!

Go directly to the application form

Dates for Cycle 4:

9th April 2015 by NSWP


The #FacesOfProstitution hashtag has been filling up social media timelines since March 29th  when a Sydney based sex worker started it in response to an offensive blog post by a fundamentalist Christian organisation was reposted on Mamamia, a popular Australian online women’s magazine. The hashtag trended worldwide on BBC Trending  and has united sex workers across the globe in solidarity against the offensive stereotypes employed by anti-sex work campaigners to undermine the power of sex workers. 

7th April 2015 by Anelda Grové

The study examined a cohort of people with HIV, in which research had already yielded two contradictory estimates of the effectiveness of ART in preventing transmission. Many of the original HIV-positive partners were infected through selling blood in non-sterile conditions between the early 1990s and 1998. In 1998, the practice was outlawed, but not before it had created a local HIV epidemic.

6th April 2015 by NSWP

Viral load suppression means risk of HIV transmission is 'at most' 4% during anal sex, but final results not due till 2017.


The second large study to look at whether people with HIV become non-infectious if they are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) has found no cases where someone with a viral load under 200 copies/ml transmitted HIV, either by anal or vaginal sex.

6th April 2015 by NSWP

NSWP has published the the 11th issue of our quarterly newsletter ‘Sex Work Digest’. 

You can download the 10 page Digest as a PDF below.

31st March 2015 by NSWP

ICASO have recently published alerts related to the new Global Fund Updates CCM Guidelines and Requirements for key population advocacy. These guidelines provide information and practical guidance for civil society organizations and key population networks on the updated Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Eligibility Requirements which came into effect on January 1, 2015.

26th March 2015 by NSWP

The Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) have published a report sharing highlights from the four recipients of the organisation’s “Innovation Seed Grants” whose projects focused on advancing the rights of sex workers.

25th March 2015 by NSWP

UNAIDS is hosting two open virtual consultations and invites all interested stakeholders to participate. Each consultation will run for five days and will be held at critical points in the strategy development process. Inspired by the unprecedented progress made over the past several years, the international community, including the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) and the Member State-led Open Working Group on the Sustainable Development Goals, has embraced the ambition of ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. To get there, the PCB has requested that the UNAIDS 2011–2015 Strategy be updated and extended for the 2016–2021 period to guide progress towards several ambitious Fast-Track Targets—targets that, if achieved by 2021, will set the trajectory for ending the epidemic by 2030.

23rd March 2015 by NSWP

The Global Fund has now completed its e-learning library related to the access to funding process.  Courses are available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.  These courses have already been viewed over 5500 times, with 100% of survey respondents indicating they would recommend courses to a colleague.

This library includes courses on the following topics, with the newest courses highlighted in red:

12th March 2015 by NSWP