Updates

Data at the Intersections: Advancing environmental and climate justice using a human rights lens

Originally posted by the Human Rights Funding Network on May 23, 2018.  In February, in San Francisco, a group of funders gathered for a day-long discussion of funding trends in human rights. The discussion offered opportunities for a deeper dive into funding shifts, what they mean and what we, as funders, can do to advocate for funding growth where it’s needed. Those of us who use a human rights framework

We have updated our Privacy Policy

To keep your personal information safe and in your control, we have updated our Privacy Policy in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation. The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is a European Regulation concerning the use and processing of personal information. We are committed to processing your information in compliance with the GDPR. We will use reasonable efforts to securely process all personal information in line with the rights

Justice for Marielle Franco

May she rest in power. PUBLIC STATEMENT It’s with somber hearts that we reach out to you as joint Sister Funds today, in solidarity with the thousands of people gathered in the streets of Brazil, across Latin America, and the world honoring the life of Marielle Franco.Marielle was a well-known Brazilian activist and councilwoman fighting for the rights of Afro-Brazilians and was critical of the militarization in the favelas.

Shifting the Power: Women’s Voices at the Center of Global Justice Conversations

  UPDATE: Access the full report on the outcomes of the Shifting the Power summit here. “We are in a moment where it couldn’t be clearer that women’s voices, our leadership, and our experiences must be at the center of conversations around justice and equality. It is a moment that is framed in feminist terms, aimed at producing long-term structural change.” Last month Urgent Action Fund Executive Director, Kate Kroeger,

On “keeping going while things are stirring…”& the ongoing women’s marches

Shalini Eddens One year ago, over 3 million people around the United States took to the streets to protest a government whose rhetoric and tone threatened human rights and contradicted basic human values like respect, kindness, fairness, and integrity. The Women’s March was a pivotal moment both in the United States and globally. It was an outpouring of love and a public expression of outrage. It lit fires of creative

First Legal Report of its Kind Documenting the Experiences of WHRDS Launches on Human Rights Day

“Closing space” refers to a term used by human rights defenders to explain the diminishing freedom to practice their activism. This may seem like a counterintuitive concept to some, as 2017 felt to many as a year of increased activism and unapologetic advocacy in the face of growing fundamentalist regimes around the world. But arguably it is the non-visible elements of our disappearing freedom that makes “closing space” so dangerous.

Looking back on 2017 + resourcing 2018

Funding rapid response grants for the collective care and resilience of women means that our core value is co-responsibility.  Co-responsibility to activists in attaining justice for women. Partners with human rights defenders in the many movements they lead. And there for activists when they need it most. In 2017 the demand for support of women’s human rights grew everywhere. Especially for those whose work is fierce, brave, beautiful, and largely

New Fund for Women Human Rights Defenders in Asia Pacific Launched

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  24 October 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka Over one hundred women’s human rights advocates will gather in Colombo, Sri Lanka this evening to celebrate the launch of Urgent Action Fund – Asia Pacific as an independent Sister Fund of the Urgent Action Fund Sister Funds. Urgent Action Fund – Asia Pacific becomes the first rapid response mechanism for women human rights defenders headquartered within the Asia Pacific region.

“Stand with Us!”: Activists Call Funders to Action

Content below originally featured on European Foundation Centre’s blog. In communities globally, feminist groups led by women, girls, and trans and intersex[1] people are collectively organising to make the world more peaceful, democratic and fair. At the same time, a rise in fascist ideologies, authoritarianism, and populist agendas in many parts of the world threatens their work for justice. Repressive agendas put fundamental rights and freedoms at risk and

Funding locally-led, sustainable disaster relief in Mexico

Urgent Action Fund is a leading rapid responder for human rights crises. When natural disasters strike, long-term, community-led responses are needed. In these situations, we recommend donors give to local women’s funds or other community-led funds as they are best positioned to ensure relief and recovery efforts are funded and lead locally. To help women’s groups in Mexico with recovery efforts following two major earthquakes there, consider giving directly to