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Homeless Women Say: NO WAR ON WOMEN!

Mark Leger, Director of Development, Picture the Homeless | 8 March 2016 

On Saturday, homeless women who are members of Picture the Homeless helped lead a march through Harlem for International Working Women’s Day. Why?

Women and families represent the fastest growing groups of the homeless population nationally. Approximately half of the homeless population are families with children. Among

Women Walk For Peace in Korea

On Sunday, May 24 2015, thirty women leaders from around the world made a rare and risky crossing of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea to call for peace on the 70th anniversary of the division of the Korean Peninsula.

While a temporary ceasefire agreement has been in place for more than 60 years following the ended

Speaking Up For The Rights Of Women Teachers In The Philippines

Maria Mendoza (name changed to protect her identity) is a former physics teacher, a women’s rights activist, and a new mother. On June 7, 2014, she was arrested by 20 paramilitary officers while on her way to buy milk for her 6-month old son. Her crime? Speaking up for the human rights of teachers in the Philippines – 80% of

Lifting the Voices of Black Women and LGBTQ Youth in the U.S.

Amidst national protests against police brutality and violence against Black communities in the United States, young Black women and LGBTQI youth are taking a leadership role in organizing demonstrations and mobilizing their communities to stand up for justice.

Two organizations, Streetwise and Safe (SAS) and BreakOut! have been building networks of young Black women and LGBTQI youth leaders who are

Indonesian Land Rights Activist, Eva Bande, Released From Prison

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

Ensuring Protection for Women in Syria

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

Funding Courage: Securing Justice for Women in Nepal

As part of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, Urgent Action Fund has launched a new video — Funding Courage: Securing Justice for a Women in Nepal.

This short film tells the story of activists, like Dr. Renu Adhikari in Nepal, who work daily to end sexual violence in their communities and to create swift and

Standing Up for Girls’ Right to Education in Pakistan

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

Mu Sochua Released From Prison, More Determined Than Ever

August 5, 2014                                                                                                                                                                           By Danny Kaufman, Development & Communications Officer

Yesterday, we received this note from our Advisor and Member of Parliament-elect in Cambodia, Ms. Mu Sochua, upon her release from prison:

“The power of women’s networks cannot be undermined. These networks inside and outside Cambodia got rolling the minutes my colleagues and I were surrounded and finally arrested

Criminal Charges Against Human Rights Defender in Azerbaijan, Leyla Yunus

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