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Three Ways Funders Can Act Today to Protect Reproductive Rights

Today, the United States Supreme Court reversed Roe v Wade, a decision that protected the right of millions of people across the country to an abortion without government interference. Today’s decision changes that, and now people across the country find their reproductive rights further restricted and access to abortions considerably limited.

This decision has serious consequences for reproductive rights and

Urgent Action: Our Response to Support Feminist Activists in Ukraine

When Russia invaded Ukraine just a few weeks ago – on February 24, 2022 – it was the start of a war with serious implications for Ukraine, women and gender rights activists, and the world as a whole. 

Since the invasion, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) has received an outpouring of support for our Urgent Response Fund

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and UAF call for the immediate and unconditional release of Actresses Entisar Al-Hammadi & her colleague in Yemen

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) and the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights appeal to the de facto government in Sana’a, the Houthi group, to immediately and unconditionally release two actresses from prison in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital. One of them is actress and model Entisar Al-Hammadi (pictured above) and the other actress does not wish to

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