Our Right To Safety: New Report Launched Today

Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) face a variety of risks and violations in their work. The WHRDs International Coalition (WHRDs IC), of which Urgent Action Fund is a member of, is launching a new report: Our Right To Safety (PDF 1MB ) in an effort to assess the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments, and regional and

Feminist activists attacked during a Women’s history month event

March 6, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ Urgent Action Fund partners, Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ, were attacked during an International Women’s Day event in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on March 6, 2014. Below is their account of the attack. On March 5th from 15 to 19 PM an activist team of Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ was carrying out a planned informational event, dedicated to the 8th of March (IWD) at

New Law in Afghanistan To Silence Victims of Violence Against Women

February 5, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                         By Danny Kaufman, Development & Communications Officer In Afghanistan, a vocal public campaign is calling on President Hamid Karzai to block a bill that weakens domestic violence laws in a country where 4 out of 5 women experience violence. The new law, passed by both houses of the Afghan parliament and waiting for President Karzai’s ratification, would prohibit the questioning of relatives of an accused perpetrator

Women Stand for Democracy in Ukraine

In recent years, there’s been an increase in sexual violence and discrimination against women, girls and LGBTQ people in Ukraine, including legislation seeking to ban the exchange of information on sexuality, sex education and homosexuality in the country. Against this backdrop, in November 2013 the Ukrainian government chose to abandon closer relationships with the European Union in favor of stronger ties with Russia, leading to nationwide protests. In January 2014,

Garment Workers in Cambodia Strike for Their Rights

In Cambodia, garment workers – 90% of who are young women from rural poor families – are striking to demand higher wages and humane work conditions. The garment industry is Cambodia’s biggest export industry, generating over $5 billion in international sales for the country and employing approximately 500,000 people. Many workers were paid just $80 a month until this February when minimum wages were raised to $100. Over the

Honoring the Life of Andrew Hunter

January 3, 2014                                                                                                               Urgent Action Fund Board of Directors and Staff Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights mourns the loss of Andrew Hunter, a tireless activist for human rights and an Advisor to our organization. Andrew worked to advance the rights of sex workers and people living with HIV/AIDS. He touched all of us with his insight, spirit, and energy. He gave generously of his time and insights, influencing

What Does Courage Look Like?

This year, we made more than 70 rapid grants to support women’s human rights defenders working to advance the rights of women and girls in more than 35 countries. Below are the stories of four of these courageous women whose work to advance the rights of women and girls in their communities inspires us everyday. We hope that you will join us this year in supporting women like Sana, Canan,

The Power of Stories to Secure Rights for Refugee Women

Sana Saleem is a Pakistani journalist, blogger, and co-founder of Bolo Bhi, a NGO that supports freedom of expression through multimedia and advocacy campaigns. Hong Kong relies on the UNHCR to process its refugee claims and has no domestic asylum process. As a result, asylum seekers and refugee women have limited rights in Hong Kong, are unable to work, and have no path to asylum or citizenship. In 2013, Hong

Ending Gender-Based Violence: The Intersection of LGBTI & Women’s Rights

By Nevin Öztop, Editor-in-Chief and Vice President at Kaos GL Ankara, Turkey November 26, 2013    Our world today is struggling to pass an exam. It is an exam with only one question on it. Will we end violence against women and LGBTI people?  When we talk about gender-based violence, we talk about the continuum from the home to the battlefield, from public executions to the violence committed in the name

Meet Urgent Action Fund’s New Board Members

Urgent Action Fund is delighted to welcome three new members to our Board of Directors. Their leadership and expertise will guide and strengthen our work as a rapid response grantmaker for women’s and LGBTQ human rights.  Patricia Viseur Sellers is Special Adviser to the International Criminal Court on International Criminal Law Prosecution and a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College at the University of Oxford. Ms. Sellers is widely published