In partnership with three sister funds, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, Urgent Action Fund-Latin America, and Urgent Action Fund-Asia & Pacific we provide support for women’s human rights defenders all over the globe. We collectively support women’s leadership and activism in over 110 countries around the world, including areas affected by armed conflict, escalating violence, political volatility and extreme repression.
Each sister Urgent Action Fund is an independent organization. Building on our shared history, we use a common rapid response model and work collaboratively as a sisterhood to advocate for women’s human rights.
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights was launched in 1997 in Boulder, Colorado serving across many regions that are now Urgent Action Fund Sister Funds that are autonomously and locally led. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights provides rapid response grants to women and trans human rights defenders in regions that do not yet have their own rapid response regional fund or mechanism. These regions include Central Asia, the Middle East, Eastern or Western Europe, The South Caucasus, Canada, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.
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 Mexico, Central and South America, and the 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.
Urgent Action Fund-Asia & Pacific was launched in Australia and the Philippines in late 2017. Several years ago, women human rights defenders in Asia began to voice the need for their own regionally-based rapid response fund. In response, Urgent Action Fund took several steps, including a series of listening and engagement meetings with defenders, advisors, and stakeholders to transform this feedback into reality, including doubling our financial commitment to the region.
Urgent Action Fund-Asia & Pacific resources the resilience of women and non-binary human rights defenders by strengthening and sustaining webs of security and care. Their strategies are multi-faceted and linked to a transformative social justice agenda, building a solidarity economy, and re-imagining cultures, including the culture of giving in Asia and the Pacific. Please visit Urgent Action Fund-Asia & Pacific’s website for more information.