posted on 9/14/2023

The Story Behind Our New Name

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism

With great pride and enthusiasm, we are excited to announce that Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights has changed our name: we are now Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism!

Why "feminist activism" instead of "women’s human rights"?

Above all, we wanted a more inclusive name that aligns with our values and the current context and scope of our work. The frontline feminist movements we have long funded and of which we are also a part are led by visionary women, trans, and non-binary activists who take and face extraordinary risks to imagine and realize a just world. Trans and non-binary activists are essential members of feminist movements and are leading some of the most transformative organizing worldwide.

While today’s frontline feminist movements do often – and at times crucially – use the language and framework of human rights, their activism is inclusive of but not limited to this approach. From digital organizing and public protests to legal advocacy and mental health support, movement activists draw on a range of ever-creative strategies to demand equity and center care in the face of systemic injustice and overlapping crises – from armed conflict and climate disaster to the erosion of democracy and human rights.

We are for feminist activism led by women, trans, and non-binary activists – especially Black, Indigenous, LGBTQI+, disabled, and others who live at the intersections of multiple identities and injustices and, as a result, are most likely to face dangerous threats for speaking out.

We are for feminist activists who are challenging oppressive systems, resisting repressive regimes, and innovating intersectional solutions to intersecting crises, from disability and climate injustice to gender-based violence and land rights.

We are for feminist activists leading movements with extraordinary ingenuity, creativity, and care who know best how to keep each other and their communities safe, to navigate risk and opportunity in ever-shifting political landscapes, and to bring about a world of justice, equity, and liberation for all.

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism will continue to provide rapid response grants to feminist activists and movements across our regions, ensuring that those on the frontlines of change have the resources they need to make a lasting impact. Our dedication to partnering with feminist activists to foster a just world for all is now emboldened by a name that resonates with the powerful force of collective action and gender justice.

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Chinyere Ezie



Chinyere Ezie is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she advocates for racial justice, gender justice, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) rights, and challenges governmental abuses of power. Chinyere previously worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center where she brought cases defending the rights of LGBTQI+ Southerners. She also served as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she litigated employment discrimination cases and secured a $5.1 million jury verdict on behalf of workers subjected to unlawful treatment. Chinyere is a William J. Fulbright Scholar, a White House Fellows Program Regional Panelist, and a cum laude graduate of Yale University. She also received a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was an Alexander Hamilton Scholar and served as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gender and Law. Chinyere serves on the Board of Directors of the Transgender Law Center and the feminist grant-making organization the Urgent Action Fund. She was also a Founding Board Member of the National Trans Bar Association.In 2018, she was named one of the nation’s Best LGBTQI+ Lawyers Under 40.