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ACTIVISTS: Women. Disability. Feminism. is a collective based in Russia. Led by and for women and LGBTQI people with disabilities, it demands full equality and respect for their rights. As the only association in Russia of its kind, Women. Disability. Feminism. aims to increase public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disabilities.

CONTEXT: With domestic violence recently decriminalized in


ACTIVISTS: Candace is the founder of Project Blackbird and a human rights activist who works to inspire collective healing, wellness, and the liberation of women, queer, non-binary, and trans communities.

CONTEXT: Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of incarceration for women and people of color in the USA, many of whom are serving disproportionately long sentences. In particular, Oklahoma’s

UAF Featured In “Philanthropy Women” on the Launch of the COVID Crisis Fund For Feminist Activists

UAF Launches COVID Crisis Fund For Feminist Activists

In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, feminist activists, institutions, and individuals around the world need immediate access to funding and other forms of support. Many aid packages have already been deployed to the people who need them most, but some other lesser-known populations are in danger of falling by the wayside.

Update on COVID-19 from the UAF Staff

COVID-19 (which comes from the new coronavirus) is impacting the entire world, but it’s having an even greater impact on our most vulnerable communities. In times of crisis, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are always more vulnerable. The activists that UAF supports are already facing multiple threats to their safety and security, and we are aware that the

Indigenous activists resist pipelines in Canada

“Our people’s belief is that we are part of the land. The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die.” – Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson

As a member of CLIMA, Urgent Action Fund

Progressive Advocacy at the UN: What Gets Priority?

The short answer: our grantee partners.

The 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)  just concluded and the final resolutions will be deliberated for weeks to come. CSW, the biggest conference hosted by UN Women, is often regarded as a slow-moving space for progressive activists.  Because of the unique position Urgent Action Fund (UAF) occupies as both an

4 Pride Stories Deeper Than Rainbow Colored Vodka

Olivia Trabysh, Development & Communications Officer

Originally posted to the Urgent Action Fund Blog on June 28, 2018.

Mainstream Pride coverage emphasizes glitter, parties, and corporate sponsorships but the Pride celebration many of us glorify today was created on the backs of trans sex workers of color. To conclude #PrideMonth with activism that honors 
Pride’s radical roots and lasts the

Yara Shahidi Champions Urgent Action Fund Through New “Pretty Powerful Fund”

Yara Shahidi, activist, and actress has an impressive track record organizing for gender equity. She is using her latest partnership as the global ambassador for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics to unite and effect change through the launch of the Pretty Powerful Fund.

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights has been named near to Shahidi’s heart alongside Girls for Gender

#FundCourage: Aizhan Kadralieva

ACTIVISTS: Labrys, a grassroots platform for the advancement and protection of the human rights of LGBTQI people in Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia, engage a variety of advocacy tools through a network of intergenerational activists. Aizhan, a young, queer activist, is their Advocacy and Education Program Coordinator.

CONTEXT: Because there is a growing trend of violent state and non-state backlash

#FundCourage: Faika Deniz Pasha


ACTIVISTS: As a member of the Platform for Struggle for Women Held Captive by Force, a collective of lawyers, psychologists, and activists from Kurdistan, Turkey, and Cyprus, Faika works to document the experiences of Yazidi women surviving ISIS capture and enslavement.

CONTEXT: Beginning in August 2014, ISIS invaded Northern Iraq and massacred Yazidi, Assyrian, Turcoman, Shia