Applications for the 2013 Global Change Leaders program now open

Applications for the 2013 Global Change Leaders program are now open. The application deadline is December 3, 2012. Sponsored by the International Centre for Women’s Leadership, The Global Change Leaders program is a seven-week course targeted at emerging women leaders from the global south who are interested in development. Women who have at least two years of demonstrated leadership experience and a passion for their work as demonstrated through their

Board Member Paulette Meyer honored by The Center for Community Change

We are thrilled to announce that Urgent Action Fund Board Member Paulette Meyer and her husband David Friedman were honored as 2012’s “Champions in Community Leadership” for their role in the social justice movement over the past thirty years. On Thursday September 20, 2012, the Center for Community Change presented Paulette and David with the honor in Washington D.C. at the 8th Annual Change Champion Awards. Held annually since 2005,

Join us on September 28 – Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion

The Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion originated in Latin America and the Caribbean where women’s groups have been mobilizing around September 28 for the last two decades to demand that their governments decriminalize abortion and ensure access to safe and affordable abortion services. Read more about the video and the campaign at Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) and see where you can join

Nepal Action Alert – former Urgent Action Fund grantees under threat

After providing shelter and protection to a survivor of domestic violence, two former UAF grantee organizations (WOREC and Mitini Nepal) are facing threats and harassment by both police and the survivor’s family members. Police have now accused the two organizations of hiding the woman from her family and have unlawfully forced their way into the offices of the organizations. Staff members have also received threatening phone calls and house

Farida – The Power of Solidarity

Farida is a social media activist and runs a popular blog speaking out for sexual rights and topics important to youth in Kyrgyzstan. Her outspoken stance on women’s rights caused her to face physical and verbal threats in her community. As a result Farida sought UAF support. In 2011, a local organization working with Farida, the Kloop Media Public Foundation requested funds to evacuate Farida to a safer location. A