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The project is an initiative of ICRSE and EATG and is implemented in partnership.


The aim of the project is to foster collaboration between sex work activists and HIV activists through two means. On the one hand, it aims to enhance the understanding of HIV among sex work activists as well as of the realities faced by sex workers among HIV activists. On the other hand, it aims to develop practical models for collaboration at local level. Another aim is to produce position papers on topics identified by sex work and HIV activists to be used for education and advocacy purposes at national, regional and global level.


Its first edition consists of a regional sex work and HIV activists training, bringing together 24 activists from 8 countries. The training is followed by national one-day trainings for local sex worker communities on topics related to HIV. Furthermore, the project includes the development of briefing papers on topics identified by the participants for advocacy and education purposes.


The face-to-face training will take place between 19 and 22 March in Warsaw, Poland.

The training will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to HIV: HIV life cycle, transmission, treatment options, history of HIV

  • HIV combination prevention

  • Realities of sex work in Europe

  • Needs and barriers of different groups of sex workers with regards to access to HIV services

  • Specific vulnerabilities: stigma and discrimination, criminalization

  • Collaboration possibilities between sex workers and HIV activists


Main Target Groups

  • Sex workers

  • Sex work advocates


  • HIV advocates


The call for applications for European Red Umbrella Academy 2019-2020 is now closed. For any questions, please contact


This initiative has been independently developed by ICRSE and EATG and was made possible through sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd. ICRSE and EATG acknowledges that Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd did not have any control or input into the structure or content of the initiative.

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