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
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
Sana Saleem is a Pakistani journalist, blogger, and co-founder of Bolo Bhi, a NGO that supports freedom of expression through multimedia and advocacy campaigns.
Hong Kong relies on the UNHCR to process its refugee claims and has no domestic asylum process. As a result, asylum seekers and refugee women have
Helen Carumba, a domestic worker, women’s human rights defender, and mother of three, was arrested in March on charges of falsification of documents. Instead of being immediately deported, as Taiwanese law stipulates, she was unlawfully detained for four months and then sentenced to an additional ten months imprisonment.
Helen, like many women, left her home in the Philippines to work
Typhoon Washi hit the Philippines in December 2011, killing more than 1,000 people and displacing hundreds of thousands more. As in many post-disaster zones, women and children in northern Mindanao were the most affected and were exposed to higher rates of violence because of a lack of resources and law enforcement. Women and children suffered the most in terms of
Lian dedicates her life to empowering and educating women in her community. At the age of 29, Lian started The Women’s School to bring together women from different religions and ethnicities to transform them into agents of peace and justice and end the cycle of violence.
In late 2011, tensions began escalating among religious and ethnic groups in the Sulawesi
On September 13, 2012 after a journey of six days by boat, car, and plane from their home in the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean, two women arrived in Geneva, Switzerland with a clear message for the UN Human Rights Council:
UAF supported the Center for Political Ecology with a grant to bring Lemeyo Abon and Abacca Anjain-Maddison to