UAF Update: There Is A Current Change To Our Rapid Response Grantmaking For 2019

Greetings friends,   The UAF Program team would like to inform you of some small changes to our grantmaking for the remainder of 2019. We have implemented a new database to process our grants and as with all new systems, learning takes time. In addition, we are committed to wellbeing and care as central to UAF’s approach to funding and how we work. As the year comes to a close,

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Is Apart of SIDAS Strategy for Global Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ Rights

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is proud to be working withThe Strategy for Swedish Development Cooperation for Gender Equality for women and girls.  The Strategy for Swedish Development Cooperation for Gender Equality and Women’s and Girls’ rights 2018-2022 reflects the fact that we see a backlash against Gender Equality globally that progress made is being challenged. This strategy provides an opportunity to cooperate with strategic partners that are


LOOKING TO HIRE Task: The global consortium of Urgent Action Funds seeks a consultant or firm with relevant expertise in web development, information technology and UX (usability), to design an accessible landing page for the UAFs consortium, through a collective process. The main objective of this project is to develop an inclusive and dynamic landing page that will reflect the unique work, reach and personality of the consortium of four

Three new feminist activists appointed to the Urgent Action Fund Board of Directors

Urgent Action Fund is led by an activist Board of Directors, who represent communities around the world. Urgent Action Fund’s decision-making is grounded in an international, feminist framework. Board members play a critical role in advising the Rapid Response Grants program as well as guiding the strategic direction of the organization. We are pleased to welcome three new Board Members from the United States, Canada, and Poland to our team

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 international funder and organization led by and for activists, we

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 Equity and Third Wave Fund. All three organizations will be

Meet Our Newest Team Members

We are rounding out 2018 with a renewed focus on the women’s human rights defenders and non-binary people we support and equally excited to begin 2019 with our newest team members joining us in our fight. Learn more about each of them and please join us in giving them a warm Urgent Action Fund welcome. Programs Raisa Borshchigova | Program Officer raisa@urgentactionfund.org Raisa, a Chechen born and raised human rights

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 The SF climate summits exposed the deep rifts at play in

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 Honduran home. In various parts of Africa including Democratic Republic

Ruth Baldacchino appointed to Urgent Action Fund Board of Directors

Ruth Baldacchino is a trans, queer and feminist activist from Malta who has extensive experience in community organising, international LGBTIQ activism and LGBTIQ research. Their human rights work started with the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, where Ruth served on the Executive Committee for several years. Ruth is ILGA World Co-Secretary General (since 2014) and has served on a number of boards in the past years including IGLYO, ILGA World