Updates

Urgent Action Alert: Kazakhstan

As many in our community may have seen across several news & media reports – the situation in Kazakhstan has escalated to a deeply concerning level of violence. Stun grenades, water cannons, and tear gas have been deployed against protestors – killing dozens and severely injuring thousands. We are actively monitoring and wholly reject the use of misinformation and propaganda attempting to create false narratives about the necessity of these

Supporting Reproductive Freedom Post-SB8 in Texas

The passage of Senate Bill 8 (SB8) in Texas went into effect on September 1 and is one of the most restrictive laws at the state level to chip away at Roe vs. Wade. SB8 makes it illegal to have an abortion after six weeks, a period where most individuals who are pregnant may not know they are expecting a child. This law does not allow exemptions in circumstances involving

UAF Co-Hosted A Global Solidarity Series: Palestine Episodes

From June to July, UAF and our partners co-organized a series of conversations for funders on building solidarity with historically marginalized communities and social movements in Brazil, Colombia, Palestine, India, and Myanmar. In this Global Solidarity Series, funders committed to addressing structural inequities and standing in solidarity with oppressed people in the Global South acknowledging that they must do their part in understanding the immense challenges facing social movements led

UAF Is Taking A Moment To Pause

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) would like to inform you that we will be taking an organization-wide pause from August 30 – September 6, 2021. During that time, all UAF staff will be momentarily stepping away from our work, including the daily processing of Rapid Response Grants (RRGs), emails, and meetings. We are collectively and intentionally taking this time to rest and recharge and on September 7th

Challenge Inclusivity At Generation Equality Forum Paris

Generation Equality Forum (GEF) is the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, kicked off in Mexico City on March 29-31, 2021, and culminated in Paris on June 30-July 2. Earlier this year, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights co-organized an event at GEF’s Mexico forum which focused on women human rights defender (WHRD)  protection with activists and representatives from philanthropy and government. There, WHRD speakers from various

Toward Gender Justice: A Call to Center the Full Participation, Power, and Perspectives of Intersectional Feminist Activists in the Generation Equality Forum and Beyond

The upcoming Generation Equality Forum is the most important opportunity we have had in nearly three decades to center the power, participation, and well-being of women and girls, trans, gender non-binary and intersex people.  As a collaborative of feminist funds who provide holistic support to community-based intersectional feminist activist movements led by and for women, girls, trans, gender non-binary and intersex people, the Feminist Generation Consortium knows these movements’ full

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 be publicly named. On 20 February 2021, Houthis in civilian

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights stands in solidarity with the Palestinians in Jerusalem

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights stands in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem facing forced displacement from their homes, escalating violence, and ongoing violations of their human rights by Israeli forces. The situation across the region is intensifying under a watchful, but hesitant to act, world gaze. As a rapid response fund that supports feminist movements in Palestine – we call on donors, civil society, and governments to uphold

In Remembrance: Tatiana

Tatiana Cordero Velásquez, our Sister, Tati, Executive Director of the Urgent Action Fund Latin America & the Caribbean, became an ancestor on April 13, 2021. Tati was the embodiment of feminism, a wise and soulful being, a beloved friend to feminist movements globally, a mother, sister, daughter… a Bruja. Tati’s presence in a room brought you in and commanded your attention. She was the embodiment of her land; the spirit

This moment was never about a verdict. It was and will always be about justice.

We stand in solidarity with the family and friends of George Floyd. We grieve with them knowing that no verdict can fill the hole of their loss. We honor their pain and their hurt, they who would much rather have their father, their brother, their cousin, their son, than any verdict. We stand in solidarity with the community of Minneapolis, the Black-led organizations and movements who took to the streets