Urgent Action Fund hosts various fundraising, networking and educational events, ranging from house parties and happy hours to panel discussions and workshops focused on women’s and LGBT human rights. Below is a list of upcoming Urgent Action Fund events in your area.
What: Leading Nepali activist, Jyotsna Maskay, will discuss the role that women played in drafting the country’s new Constitution and bringing a peaceful end to a potentially devastating conflict in Nepal. In conversation with Urgent Action Fund’s Executive Director, Kate Kroeger, Jyotsna will also share stories from her current work, which leverages new media and film to build a multigenerational movement for women and girls in South Asia.
Jyotsna Maskay is a leading Nepali activist for justice and equality for women and girls. She has partnered with Urgent Action Fund since 2008 on initiatives to support human rights defenders in Nepal. She led national campaigns that resulted in important policy changes. These changes included policies to protect the human rights of women and the establishment of “fast track” courts in Nepal to improve access to justice for women and children who experienced violence and trafficking. Currently, Ms. Maskay serves as Chair of LOOM Nepal, a multigenerational campaign that uses storytelling and media to promote young women’s leadership and inspire change.
Where: RedLine // 2350 Arapahoe St. // Denver, CO 80205
When: Thursday, May 15 // 5:30 – 7pm
Cost: Free to attend. RSVP is optional.
What: Following a reception featuring wine from a family-owned premium winery, the evening will feature Urgent Action Fund’s new Executive Director, Kate Kroeger, in conversation with Jyotsna Maskay, a leading Nepali activist for justice and equality for women and girls. Kate and Jyotsna will discuss innovative approaches to ending violence against women and girls in Nepal.
Half of all women in Nepal experience gender-based violence in their lifetimes, making it the leading cause of death of women between the ages of 19 and 44 – more than war, cancer or car accidents combined.
In 2013, Jyostna led a national campaign to establish “fast track” courts to bring justice to women and children who were victims of violence and trafficking. Unlike Nepal’s regular courts, which take up to 6 years to bring cases of gender-based violence to trial, fast track courts are able to process cases far more quickly, reducing the burden on the victim and increasing accountability.
Where: The home of Boli Medappa // Boulder, CO // Address sent upon RSVP
When: Friday, May 16 // 6 – 8pm
Cost: Free to attend. RSVP is required.
For more information on upcoming events, or if you are interested in organizing an event with Urgent Action Fund, please contact Danny Kaufman, Development & Communications Officer, at email@example.com or 415-523-0360 ext. 103.