Skip Nav
Relationships
9 Signs of a Man Who Will Never Stop Loving You
Wedding Decor
47 Ways to Add Literary Charm to Your Wedding
Valentine's Day
15 Hilarious GIFs That Sum Up What It's Like to Be Alone on Valentine's Day

Why Sex Workers and Activists Carry Red Umbrellas

The Sex Worker's Red Umbrella

Sex workers and activists clutched red umbrellas as they walked down a runway in Brazil today. They were advocating the rights and safety of sex workers at a charity fashion show, but it's not the first time we've seen the red umbrella. Why? It's not because it's Winter in South America!

The red umbrella is a symbol for sex workers' rights around the world. It was first used in 2001 at a Venice, Italy, art show and later carried by sex workers walking the city's streets during the 49th Venice Biennale of Art. It not only identified them, but it also drew attention to the abuses they face.

Red was chosen for its beauty and its strength, and the umbrella is meant to symbolize protection. In 2005 the International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe adopted the red umbrella as its symbol for the rights of sex workers. Since then it has been seen increasingly around the world during events and on days like Dec. 19, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

Image Source: Getty
Around The Web
Flexibility Workout For Better Sex
Sexiest Country Music Videos
Comedian's Photos Capture What It Means to Be Childless
Lingerie Based on Your Zodiac Sign

POPSUGAR, the #1 independent media and technology company for women. Where more than 75 million women go for original, inspirational content that feeds their passions and interests.

Join The Conversation
chequettex chequettex 5 years
So I should probably buy my husband a new umbrella... (His is red, and he's not, to my knowledge, a sex worker. I mean, for people besides me.)
Latest Love
X