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

UAF at CSW65

From March 15-26 UN entities, representatives of global states, and civil society organizations gathered together for the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the UN’s largest annual gathering exclusively dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights and several partners came together to co-organize and speak at various events during the 65th session of CSW. On March 16, UAF’s Senior Advocacy

2020 UAF Grantmaking Highlights

2020 magnified discriminations and inequalities experienced across gender identity, race, class, immigration status, and geography in ways we have never seen before. Check out our 2020 Rapid Response Grantmaking (RRG) Infographic to see how UAF responded to the moment and stood by feminist activists! 2020 was a record-breaking year for UAF’s grantmaking. Some 2020 highlights include: UAF gave the most grants, compared to any other year in our history deploying 

Protection of Women Human Rights Defenders, An Imperative For The Achievement Of Equality

For Immediate Release There is no gender equality without protection for women defenders. March 30, 2021- According to Global Witness, around the world, an average of four people each week have been killed since 2015 for speaking out against companies appropriating territories and wreaking havoc on the environment. Additionally, the most recent report from Frontline Defenders found that 28% of human rights defenders killed in 2020 worked for women’s human