In partnership with two sister funds, Urgent Action Fund-Africa and Urgent Action Fund-Latin America, we provide support for women’s human rights defenders based in these regions.
Each sister Urgent Action Fund is today an independent and autonomous organization. Building on our shared history, we use a common rapid response model and work collaboratively to advocate for women’s human rights.
Via this initiative, we collectively support women’s leadership and activism in 110 countries around the world, including areas affected by armed conflict, escalating violence, political volatility and extreme repression.
To make a gift to support women’s human rights defenders in Africa or Latin America, please select this option from the “Special Designation” menu on our online donation page or give us a call at 415.523.0360 for more information.
Urgent Action Fund-Africa was launched in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. It was the first Rapid Response funder based on the continent and now provides rapid response grants in 45 countries across Africa. Urgent Action Fund-Africa promotes women’s leadership to bring about justice and equity, and contributes to the creation of a society free from conflict. Urgent Action Fund-Africa focuses on areas affected by armed conflict, escalating violence, political volatility and extreme repression. Please visit Urgent Action Fund-Africa’s website for more information.
Urgent Action Fund-Latin America was launched in Bogotá, Colombia in 2009. It provides rapid response grants for activists and their organizations in all countries of Central and South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. Urgent Action Fund-Latin America has a special focus on land and environmental rights and on supporting human rights activism by women in contexts impacted by conflict. Please visit Urgent Action Fund-Latin America’s website for more information.
In keeping with its values of local knowledge and self-led activism, Urgent Action Fund has long planned a greater presence in Asia and other regions. Planning for Urgent Action Fund in Asia and other regions is being done through a process of extensive consultation with our sister funds, advisors, grantees, funders and other stakeholders within local women’s and trans* movements. As a part of the Consortium of Urgent Action Funds, Urgent Action Fund-Asia will provide rapid response grantmaking to women and trans* human rights defenders and movements in the region. Planning for an increased presence of Urgent Action Fund in Asia as well as in other regions is being led by a steering committee appointed by the Board of Directors of Urgent Action Fund.