Supporting Feminist and Queer Activists Under Growing Threat Worldwide

Within women human rights activist circles, the recent rape and murder of Viktoria Marinova, journalist covering EU corruption, is all too familiar to circumstances surrounding the killing of Brazil’s Marielle Franco. And similar yet to the murder of Berta Caceres, a well-known environmental and human rights activist killed her in her bedroom when unidentified assailants broke into the Honduran home. In various parts of Africa including Democratic Republic

Ruth Baldacchino appointed to Urgent Action Fund Board of Directors

Ruth Baldacchino is a trans, queer and feminist activist from Malta who has extensive experience in community organising, international LGBTIQ activism and LGBTIQ research. Their human rights work started with the Malta LGBTIQ Rights Movement, where Ruth served on the Executive Committee for several years. Ruth is ILGA World Co-Secretary General (since 2014) and has served on a number of boards in the past years including IGLYO, ILGA World

Women from Movements Around the World Speak In One Voice at the United Nations to Ensure Safety for All

Frontline women activists representing over 20 countries will remind member states of their legal obligation to protect human rights on 20th anniversary of human rights declaration. Women from Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, India, Philippines, the United States and other nation states are scheduled to share their testimonies of violence and the state of their communities in the wake of rising fundamentalisms, political populism, and unchecked authoritarian rule. They will also share

Standing up for justice at the UN: Our response to Ambassador Haley

Every day, Urgent Action Fund provides rapid response support to human rights defenders working for gender justice and women’s rights. Our advocacy work strives to ensure that international human rights standards center the experience of women and gender non-binary human rights defenders and protect their ability to carry out their activism safely and freely. Urgent Action Fund believes that the United States’ decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights

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.