On Charlottesville – the need for human rights defenders to keep pushing for cultures of justice, equality, and peace

Shalini Eddens, Director of Programs for Urgent Action Fund On Saturday morning, many of us woke up to the painful and horrible images of the events in Charlottesville. Many watched in disbelief. Many were reminded, yet again, that this country is not much different than it was a half century ago. After months of planning, a well-organized group of white supremacist anti-Semites held one of their largest gatherings in decades.

2016 Annual Report: #FundCourage

Urgent Action Fund awarded a record 173 rapid response grants in 2016 to protect & sustain women’s, trans, and LBTQI rights activists in over 40 countries worldwide. We fund resistance. We fund advocacy. We fund progress. We fund courage.   We support young women of color mobilizing security trainings in response to police brutality and white supremacy. We sponsor legal assistance and media coverage to fortify women’s reproductive rights in the

What does advocacy look like in the current moment, and how should it be funded?

Originally published on Philantopic, a blog of Philanthropy News Digest, a service of Foundation Center. For twenty years, Urgent Action Fund (UAF) has supported frontline activism in the United States and around the world. The need for our funding has never been more apparent, especially here in the U.S. Activists — particularly those who are black, queer, Muslim, or undocumented, as well as others whose identities make them a likely

Standing Firm: Women and Trans-Led Organisations Respond to Closing Space for Civil Society

Foreward by Zohra Moosa, Executive Director, Mama Cash, and Kate Kroeger, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund As feminist funds, Mama Cash and Urgent Action Fund know that collective action by women, girls, and trans people is changing the world. Today, the global political and social landscape is becoming increasingly repressive, xenophobic, patriarchal and extremist. It is urgent to provide support to unapologetically progressive and feminist movements led by those most

We stand in solidarity with our sisters in the Philippines & strongly protest Duterte’s declaration of martial law

Press release originally published on Karaptan.org. Around 10pm on May 23, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire of Mindanao under Martial Law (ML) after a firefight reportedly ensued between the Maute Group – a group that is affiliated with Islamic State (IS) militants – and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Marawi City. Karapatan strongly protests Duterte’s Martial Law declaration, emphasizing that it will not address

Collective care in human rights funding: a political stand

To support the activists and groups that we fund, donors must engage in honest conversations around our own burnout and ethics. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate by Meerim Ilyas and Tatiana Cordero Velásquez on human rights and mental health.  العربيةEspañolPortuguês. Article originally published for  Open Democracy on May 18, 2017.  What is the responsibility of donors regarding the care practices of frontline activists?

Why Should Human Rights Funders Care About Digital Security?

Meerim Ilyas and Jennifer Radloff At a recent gathering of women human rights defenders from countries with unprecedented levels of backlash against civil society groups, something out of the ordinary happened. At this timely meeting, organized by Mama Cash, all of us, participants and organizers alike, affirmed that digital security was a critical agenda item. We all wholeheartedly believed that digital security was a must-have in our activist work.

Urgent Action Fund Earns Distinguished 4 Star Rating

Oakland, CA – May 1, 2017 – Urgent Action Fund’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second consecutive year that Urgent Action Fund has earned this top distinction.  Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity

Maryam Al-Khawaja appointed to Urgent Action Fund’s Board of Directors

PRESS RELEASE OAKLAND, CA – April 11, 2017 – Urgent Action Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Maryam Al-Khawaja to its Board of Directors. A pioneer of rapid response grantmaking, Urgent Action Fund protects, sustains, and strengthens the work of women and transgender human rights defenders. A Bahraini Human Rights Defender, Al-Khawaja, works as a Special Advisor on Human Rights with NGOs, and is on the Board of