Security Grants

Eva Bande is an Indonesian land rights activists and mother of three. In May 2014, she was sentenced to four years in prison for her participation in a peaceful farmer-led demonstration against a national palm oil company. That is when she reached out to Urgent Action Fund for support. Despite its widespread prevalence, the palm oil industry is largely unregulated, and linked to deforestation, climate change, and human rights

December 10, 2014                                                                                                                                                                   By Danny Kaufman and Zoe Blumenfeld As Iraqi Kurdish forces fight to keep the Syrian border town of Kobani from falling to the Islamic State, and tens of thousands of civilians are trapped with limited food and water, there’s one story that sits beneath the headlines. Women’s rights activists, many of whom have made impressive progress despite stark realities, are being targeted by the Islamic State. Kobani

November 12, 2014                                                                                                                                                                   By Danny Kaufman and Dorianna Blitt Despite the international attention and support that recent Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai has brought to the issue of girls’ education in Pakistan, women and girls in rural areas of the country continue to face threats in attending school. Following attacks and threats against female students and teachers in Pakistan’s Balochistan region by Islamist militants in May 2014, the local government shut

August 1, 2014                                                                                                                                                                           By Danny Kaufman, Development & Communications Officer On 30 July 2014, human rights defender Ms. Leyla Yunus and her husband, Arif Yunus, were detained in front of their home in Baku, Azerbaijan.  Ms. Yunus is being held in pre-trial detention despite having a serious health condition. According to the U.S. Department of State, Ms. Yunus and her husband were detained for their efforts to ease tensions and

March 6, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ Urgent Action Fund partners, Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, were attacked during an International Women’s Day event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 6, 2014. Below is their account of the attack. On March 5th from 15 to 19 PM an activist team of Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ was carrying out a planned informational event, dedicated to the 8th of March (IWD) at

In recent years, there’s been an increase in sexual violence and discrimination against women, girls and LGBTQ people in Ukraine, including legislation seeking to ban the exchange of information on sexuality, sex education and homosexuality in the country. Against this backdrop, in November 2013 the Ukrainian government chose to abandon closer relationships with the European Union in favor of stronger ties with Russia, leading to nationwide protests. In January 2014,

Kamilia founded Institut Pelangi Perempuan (IPP) to use “edufuntainment” (comic books, magazines, youth clubs, poetry and social media) to challenge stereotypes and to empower young, queer women in her country. A young activist herself, she also serves on the Board of International Lesbian and Gay Association Asia and is the founder of Indonesia’s first women’s boxing club for survivors of violence. The rise of Islamic fundamentalist groups in Indonesia has

By Kate Kroeger, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund San Francisco, September 17, 2013   In my line of work, I often get the question: “Why does equality for women and girls matter?” To me, a world without equality for women and girls is like flying a plane with only one wing. To solve any of the issues of our day – from poverty alleviation to defending everyone’s human rights – we

More than 130 Palestinians and five Israelis were killed and over 1,000 people were wounded, including 140 children and 83 women, as a result of Israel’s military attack of the Gaza Strip from 14 – 21 November 2012. In response to this, UAF awarded two rapid response grants to women’s organizations in Palestine and Israel requesting funds to mobilize their communities in peaceful protest. The first grant, in support of

LGBTQI activist organization Identoba encountered a wave of harassment from extremist and fundamentalist groups in its home country of Georgia for its participation in the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) on May 17, 2012. On the day of the event, violence erupted as religious extremists confronted protestors, leading to physical and verbal abuse, as well as the arrest of several activists by government security forces. “This grant has