Become a member


APNSW membership is open to sex worker-led organisations and networks, and civil society organisations that provide rights-based services to sex workers in the Asia Pacific region and who endorse the APNSW vision, mission, goals and core values.

APNSW is not a donor or funding body and does not issue grants. Sex worker led organisations seeking funding may wish to review the Smart Sex Workers Guide to Sustainable Funding for ideas on fund-raising, or look at the website of the Red Umbrella Fund.

Benefits of membership include: participation in APNSW events, campaigns and information sharing; having a profile on APNSW’s website; participation in election of APNSW Management Committee including standing, proposing and voting for candidates; and being eligible for election to represent APNSW at regional and global platforms.

Becoming an APNSW member

To apply for membership of APNSW, fill out the Membership Application form available through the following links:

Completed forms can be emailed to: membership (AT)

Or paper copies can be posted to:  Room 518, Phyathai Building, Phaya Thai Rd, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, 10400, Thailand.

Application, Admission and Cancellation

Application – All membership applications and inquiries about membership of the Network will be directed to the APNSW Regional Coordinator. The Regional Coordinator shall advise applicants on Membership Guidelines, and shall collect any information necessary for processing applications.

Admission – After the membership application form has been submitted and received by the Regional Coordinator, the application will be reviewed by the Management Committee for approval. This process will take no more than two months, and the applicant will be informed of the outcome of the process.

To maintain its active membership status, each member shall be required to submit (annually) to the Secretariat an updated list of key focal points, contact details, and web-link to the official website of their organisation (if available) for publication in the APNSW annual report, website and membership database.

Cancellation – APNSW exists to supports sex workers’ rights, and members are expected to adhere to the very basic principle of “do no harm” and protection of sex worker rights. Any member found to have acted in opposition to these basic principles, or conducting itself in an unethical manner, shall constitute grounds for cancelling its membership of APNSW. Any allegation of such a failure will be brought to the Management Committee. Cancellation of membership, on recommendation of the Chair, will require a two-thirds’ majority vote of the Committee.

Code of Conduct for Member Organisations

Members are expected to conduct themselves in the following manner:

  1. To support the vision, mission and core values of APNSW
  2. To participate in consultations and endorse key positions made by APNSW, and to support the implementation of such positions in their respective countries
  3. To follow guidelines in the selection of Management Committee members and participate in the election process
  4. To respect diverse opinions and individuals within the network
  5. To protect the reputation of APNSW
  6. To respond to requests for information and disseminate information shared by APNSW to their respective constituencies.