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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

#FundCourage: Krystyna Kacpura


ACTIVIST: Krystyna is the Executive Director of Federation for Women and Family Planning in Poland, an organization dedicated to advancing the basic human right that women have the right to decide if they wish to have children.

CONTEXT: Second to Ireland, Poland has the strictest abortion laws in Europe. In March 2018, an “anti-abortion bill” was unexpectedly

Is the Solution to Climate Change Caring More About People?

For more opportunities to dig deep on funding climate action, check out our 5-part online dialogue series “The Underpinning Stories”. The series will generate deeper understanding about the underlying narrative frames and assumptions funders have about what constitutes a ‘climate solution.’

Lindley Mease, Thousand Currents | Olivia Trabysh, Urgent Action Fund | Allison Davis, Global Greengrants Fund


Supporting Feminist and Queer Activists Under Growing Threat Worldwide

Within women human rights activist circles, the recent rape and murder of Viktoria Marinova, journalist covering EU corruption, is all too familiar to circumstances surrounding the killing of Brazil’s Marielle Franco. And similar yet to the murder of Berta Caceres, a well-known environmental and human rights activist killed her in her bedroom when unidentified assailants broke into the

Women from Movements Around the World Speak In One Voice at the United Nations to Ensure Safety for All

Frontline women activists representing over 20 countries will remind member states of their legal obligation to protect human rights on 20th anniversary of human rights declaration.

Women from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, India, Philippines, the United States and other nation states are scheduled to share their testimonies of violence and the state of their communities in the wake of rising fundamentalisms,

Standing up for justice at the UN: Our response to Ambassador Haley

Every day, Urgent Action Fund provides rapid response support to human rights defenders working for gender justice and women’s rights. Our advocacy work strives to ensure that international human rights standards center the experience of women and gender non-binary human rights defenders and protect their ability to carry out their activism safely and freely.

Urgent Action Fund believes that the