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

Laura Smith joins Urgent Action Fund’s Oakland team

The Urgent Action Fund community warmly welcomes Laura Smith to our Oakland office. Laura joins Urgent Action Fund as Finance & Human Resources Manager and will work to operationalize and maintain systems that allow UAF to continue to monetarily sustain women’s movements around the world. Laura comes to Urgent Action Fund after spending the past fifteen years supporting social justice activism through fiscal sponsorship and donor advised giving. She is

Why defending human rights is women’s work & why the work being done in the US is more than just activism

Photojournalist, writer, and founder of Changing the Narrative, Rucha Chitnis, has written an inspiring essay in lieu of International Women’s Day. She bravely posits why defending human rights work is women’s work and names the collectives of women doing human rights work in the US. Variations of her essay have been printed in YES! Magazine and Truthout. Read her full essay below. Joye Braun recalls setting up her

Meditations on blossoming

“this life has been a landscape of pain and still, flowers bloom in it.” – Sanober Khan, Thousand Flamingos At Urgent Action Fund, when we think of the heart, we think of courage. Courage: from the Old French: corage – a cry of the heart; to speak one’s mind by telling one’s heart. The activists the Urgent Action Fund supports unapologetically honor the cries of their hearts by standing up