Urgent Action Fund

Urgent Action Fund Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is a global women’s fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women’s human rights activists.
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03/03/2021

📣 Calling all artists & designers! 📣

Urgent Action Fund is looking to work with artists/designers as we embark on the exciting process of exploring a new logo that helps embody and inspire our work to bring about a bright and intersectional feminist future.

Find out how to submit your portfolios by clicking here, https://bit.ly/307NZy7!

03/01/2021

Happy #WomensHistoryMonth!

This month and everyday, we celebrate cis and trans woman working to change the world. Thank you to all those who paved the way!

Artwork by: Keemun

⚠️New Podcast Alert!⚠️Listen to UAF’s Senior Program Office Raisa Borshchigova on “Alright, Now What?” discussing the im...
02/25/2021
Trust, Relationships, and Burn-out

⚠️New Podcast Alert!⚠️

Listen to UAF’s Senior Program Office Raisa Borshchigova on “Alright, Now What?” discussing the importance of building trusting relationships between all #philanthropic partners as the key to a thriving, #equitable sector.

Raisa discusses how we can redefine giving through collective care, and by listening to and respecting the expertise of #activists and #frontline workers.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3xomKEzTssSuMAF1FPv6zo?si=U5C8gTvyQXOK4z1EGd_wrA&nd=1

Listen to this episode from Alright, Now What? on Spotify. Building trusting relationships between all philanthropic partners is key to a thriving, equitable sector. This week on the show, we're joined by Raisa Borshchigova from Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights to talk about how we can re...

Human rights defenders and other civic actors sometimes struggle to identify and access the support they need in an emer...
02/25/2021

Human rights defenders and other civic actors sometimes struggle to identify and access the support they need in an emergency.

Open Briefing's Protection Ecosystem Map is a tool that #HRDs can use to navigate the protection mechanisms, grants, and other support that may be available to them. ecosystem.openbriefing.org #DefendtheDefenders

📢 UAF is hiring! 📢We are looking for an Operation & Systems Officer to join our dynamic team. Do you enjoy improving ope...
02/11/2021

📢 UAF is hiring! 📢

We are looking for an Operation & Systems Officer to join our dynamic team. Do you enjoy improving operational systems, managing relationships, and coordinating logistical preparation? Then this job is for you!

Learn more about this amazing opportunity by visiting the link in our bio.
#Job #Hiring #FeministJobs

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02/11/2021

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“We must prioritize women’s leadership and adopt a feminist climate justice agenda that offers transformative, expansive...
02/02/2021
The climate crisis needs feminism (commentary)

“We must prioritize women’s leadership and adopt a feminist climate justice agenda that offers transformative, expansive, and holistic solutions.”

UAF’s Grants Officer Bella Bat-Erdene discusses in Mongabay.com why the climate crisis needs feminism.

As part of the CLIMA Fund, Urgent Action Fund, Grassroots International, Global Greengrants Fund, and Thousand Currents all work to fund those solutions. https://bit.ly/3tiG2Uc

As we welcome the new year, Democrats control both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, creating real momentum to advance campaign-promised actions on climate change. With this opportunity, a realization of the Green New Deal is finally within reach. Although the standing Green New Deal off...

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth! Today and every day, UAF uplifts and celebrates the black activists and black-led organization...
02/01/2021

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth!

Today and every day, UAF uplifts and celebrates the black activists and black-led organizations that we support who work with and across communities on matters of racial injustice, systemic racism, white supremacy, and so much more.

Holler Health Justice and Black Lives Matter: West Virginia are some of our grantees supporting and protecting frontline racial justice and reproductive rights activists.

When activists face attempted attacks from right-wing extremist movements, they are there providing support to communities under threat.

JASS
01/20/2021

JASS

Celebrating 5 years of #DialogueandDissent with these stories of change!

The Count Me In! Consortium (JASS, Mama Cash, AWID, CREA, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, Urgent Action Fund, Red Umbrella Fund, Wo=Men) is among the 25 strategic partnerships that collaborated with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under this initiative.

Read the e-magazine which brings together the efforts, results, challenges and lessons learnt over the last five years here: https://bit.ly/3iwZ840

This #MLKDAY  we honor and celebrate Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and commitment to human rights activism.We have...
01/18/2021

This #MLKDAY we honor and celebrate Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy and commitment to human rights activism.

We have a lot of work to do to keep this hero’s dream alive of fighting against racism, inequality and political unrest.

Until there is equality the fight is never over.

Listen to this podcast to hear Urgent Action Fund Executive Director, Kate Kroeger discuss racism in philanthropy, movin...
01/13/2021
Global Greengrants Fund

Listen to this podcast to hear Urgent Action Fund Executive Director, Kate Kroeger discuss racism in philanthropy, moving money to BIPOC with intentional outreach, and the misconceptions of grassroots organizations not being able to handle large amounts of money.

https://ed.gr/c4dca

Did you catch our President & CEO, Laura García, on the Think 100% podcast, along with CLIMA Fund partners Kate Kroeger of Urgent Action Fund and Solomé Lemma of Thousand Currents? They joined Rev Yearwood to discuss racism in philanthropy, moving money to BIPOC with intentional outreach, and the misconceptions of grassroots organizations not being able to handle large amounts of money.
You don't want to miss this dynamic conversation! https://ed.gr/c4dca

As part of women, trans, and gender-nonconforming human rights movements worldwide, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human...
01/13/2021

As part of women, trans, and gender-nonconforming human rights movements worldwide, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights has unwaveringly stood by and supported activists to create a world of justice, equality, and peace.

We are led by activists, inspired by feminism, and strengthened through solidarity.

Find hope in the stories of our grantees as we have!
https://bit.ly/3sh84yR

It is with immense gratitude that the sisterhood of Urgent Action Funds announces our collective receipt of MacKenzie Sc...
12/16/2020

It is with immense gratitude that the sisterhood of Urgent Action Funds announces our collective receipt of MacKenzie Scott's generous and transformative gift of $20 million!

All the words we could possibly use would be an understatement of the impact that this gift will have on the Urgent Action Funds and the women and LBTQI+ human rights defenders we support.

Now it is our moment, to meet the urgent and critical needs of our movements with care and to remake and recast a future that is for all of us – a more equitable and just, feminist future, where people and planet flourish.

https://bit.ly/34gsrBB

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We are thrilled to introduce our new Director of Programs, Otibho Obianwu! We hope that you will join us in welcoming Ot...
12/14/2020

We are thrilled to introduce our new Director of Programs, Otibho Obianwu! We hope that you will join us in welcoming Otibho✨

She brings her rich lived experience and deep passion for and commitment to justice, equity, health and well-being, and movement building, to resourcing social justice movements.

Click here to get to know her, her work, and her impact for and with our communities and movements, http://ow.ly/S0b850CL09P.

On this #HumanRightsDay , let’s uplift those who work every day to strengthen and protect our rights!In the face of cris...
12/10/2020

On this #HumanRightsDay , let’s uplift those who work every day to strengthen and protect our rights!

In the face of crisis and danger, feminist activists across countless borders lead the way with courage at the center of their movements. Today and every day, celebrate them!

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disa...
12/03/2020

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spaces of society.

At UAF, we believe that disability inclusion is important every day of the year. Disability inclusion is essential when working to uphold human rights, sustainable development, and peace and security. Though this ongoing global crisis is deepening pre-existing inequalities and exposing the extent of exclusion, it is essential to uplift and highlighting the incredible work on disability inclusion that is being done across the globe.

Let us continue to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity within our communities! #Internationaldayofpersonswithdisabilities #awareness #inclusion

Because UAF has spent decades with our ear to the ground connecting with activists and advisors, we were able to respond...
12/01/2020

Because UAF has spent decades with our ear to the ground connecting with activists and advisors, we were able to respond immediately when crisis emerged.

“During COVID-19, our aim wasn’t just to provide help because it was an emergency but because we understood that these communities are being discriminated against and marginalized regardless of a pandemic or not. The pandemic makes their existence and their survival a question… for us, it was political to step in and support their survival.”
-Raisa Borshchigova UAF Senior Program Officer

This #GivingTuesday, mobilize with feminist movements as they navigate through a year of crisis, uprising, and transformation! Make a donation today by following this link, bit.ly/33wDiHx.

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to mobilizing with our global community through the spirit of love and generosi...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to mobilizing with our global community through the spirit of love and generosity. After a year that has been unlike any other, on this #GivingTuesday we ask you to join us in supporting frontline feminist activists and donate to UAF’s COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists.

The emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic prompted UAF to reimagine what resourcing activists and funding movements looked like. We listened to our advisors and partners, and beginning in March we launched the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists.

This global pandemic was a true test of the rapid and flexible nature of our grantmaking. Because UAF has spent decades with our ear to the ground connecting with activists and advisors, we were able to respond immediately when crisis emerged. This #GivingTuesday, mobilize with feminist movements as they navigate through a year of crisis, uprising, and transformation!

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/urgent-action-fund-for-women-s-human-rights/covid-crisis-fund-for-feminist-activists

#transdayofremembrance is a day to honor trans lives and reflect on those we lost due to anti-trans bigotry and violence...
11/20/2020

#transdayofremembrance is a day to honor trans lives and reflect on those we lost due to anti-trans bigotry and violence. Today and everyday, let’s celebrate and uplift trans lives!

#tdor #transgenderawarenessweek
Artwork by: @chiaralascura

Today is #UNDay – and 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter! Throughout history...
10/24/2020

Today is #UNDay – and 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and its founding Charter! Throughout history and into the present moment, women, LGBTQI, and gender non-conforming human rights defenders worldwide are challenging existing power structures, taking a stand against patriarchy and misogyny, and reimagining a more just and equitable future.

#Advocacy requires us to interrogate structures of power, strategize to overcome constraints and seize opportunities to drive change.

For UAF, advocacy is about using power and influence in a strategic way. We believe this is a moment to call for bold, systemic change—because the movements we support and the more just world we collectively envision demand nothing less.

Collective power and advocacy are the mechanisms we have to uproot traditional power structures that exclude us!

Do you have questions on how to apply for our Beijing +25 Advocacy grant? Join UAF for an info session on Thursday Octob...
10/17/2020

Do you have questions on how to apply for our Beijing +25 Advocacy grant?

Join UAF for an info session on Thursday October 22 at 11 am-12 pm EST/ 8 am-9 am PST to share more details on the grants and answer any questions.

Are you considering applying? Do you have questions? Join our info session to learn more and share any questions or feedback.

Click this link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuf-6prj4uGdKEhdUVD6cVl1tqlii7F9Iw.

In celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights stands in solidarity with Indigen...
10/12/2020

In celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights stands in solidarity with Indigenous people working to transform the world for generations to come! Today and everyday, we honor the legacies and contributions of indigenous people through the Americas. We acknowledge the land we occupy and that they were (t)here before us.

You are not invisible. You are valued.

The Urgent Action Funds are interested in telling our 'herstory', with a focus on how through Rapid Response Grants, fem...
10/12/2020

The Urgent Action Funds are interested in telling our 'herstory', with a focus on how through Rapid Response Grants, feminist, women's, and trans movements have continued in the context of pandemic 2020.

To realise this vision, we are seeking proposals from Women, Feminist, or Transfeminist groups and Audio-visual Collectives with experience in specialised animation production.

The full Terms of Reference can be accessed here: bit.ly/UAFSVideoProduction

Deadline for the application is October 27th, 2020.

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10/08/2020

📢This is a historic moment for UAF 📢

So far in 2020, @urgentactionfund has granted over $1,000,000 to #feminist grassroots movements and activists across our regions 🎉🎉🎉

We proudly support women and transgender human rights defenders who raise critical issues and work on dismantling patriarchal, racist, capitalist, authoritarian, and other oppressive agendas. Now and always, UAF commits to addressing challenges faced by feminist #movements and #humanrights defenders worldwide.

Help us in giving a special shoutout to the incredible and hardworking staff at UAF👏🏽 It is because of their dedication and commitment to the grassroots movements and activists that we reached this milestone ✨

The Urgent Action Funds share the pain of the families, friends & activist communities mourning the recent fatal attacks...
09/30/2020

The Urgent Action Funds share the pain of the families, friends & activist communities mourning the recent fatal attacks on women, trans & non-binary Human Rights Defenders from the 4 different regions we work in.

Read our statement on these #injustices: bit.ly/2Gt3ytp

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09/30/2020

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09/28/2020

Calling all feminist activists!

To center the leadership of intersectional feminist activists, UAF has launched the Beijing +25 Advocacy Grants Program. This grant was created to amplify the voices of women, trans, and gender diverse communities and activists to join global advocacy spaces and engage with Beijing +25 processes and/or push for commitments from governments or other stakeholders.

Click the link in our bio to learn how you can apply!

Rest in power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A feminist lawyer, a champion of progressive causes, a warrior of gender equality, an...
09/19/2020

Rest in power Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A feminist lawyer, a champion of progressive causes, a warrior of gender equality, and a flame of hope in the darkness.

She was a beacon for progressive takes on women’s, LGBTQI, and minority rights.
We honor and pay tribute to a colossal hero. If we have learned anything from #RBG, it’s that we must be unwavering in our convictions in order to enact lasting and meaningful change.

May her memory and legacy inspire us all to radicalize and fight rather than lead to despair.

UAF is hiring!Are you looking to join a dynamic and energetic #feminist fund that protects, strengthens and sustains wom...
08/26/2020

UAF is hiring!

Are you looking to join a dynamic and energetic #feminist fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments?

Urgent Action Fund is looking to hire a Director of Programs. If you are interested in applying, we’d like to meet you! We offer a vibrant and flexible workplace as well as a generous benefits plan.

Learn how to apply at, https://urgentactionfund.org/get-involved/joinourteam/ 👉🔗

Now is the moment to stand with the people of #Lebanon! As they navigate through the aftermath of the explosion in Beiru...
08/18/2020

Now is the moment to stand with the people of #Lebanon! As they navigate through the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut, #WHRD's and #THRDs are rising up and demanding change to reshape their society.

To act in this moment, UAF is launching the Beirut Crisis Fund in solidarity with feminist activists on the frontlines, including migrant workers, Palestinians, Syrians, and other refugees, farmers, and LGBTQI communities, who bear a disproportionate impact in this moment.

Please give to the Beirut Crisis Fund and support courageous Lebanese activists and their communities as they rebuild their city and their lives. 👇🔗👇

https://bit.ly/2Q6N8bM

Viruses don’t discriminate, but systems and policies do. As #UrgentActionFunds we continue uplifting the power or local ...
08/15/2020

Viruses don’t discriminate, but systems and policies do. As #UrgentActionFunds we continue uplifting the power or local activism around the world 🌎💜✊🏿.

📌Read our Regional and Global Trends Analysis on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and non-binary frontline activists and communities, and our recommendations on what feminist funding should be in these times📑🔍.

More than ever, it is crucial to support defenders and activists.🦋🐚✨

https://fondoaccionurgente.org.co/site/assets/files/5971/v1_-_briefing.pdf

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Viruses don’t discriminate, but systems and policies do. As #UrgentActionFunds we continue uplifting the power or local activism around the world 🌎💜✊🏿.

📌Read our Regional and Global Trends Analysis on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and non-binary frontline activists and communities, and our recommendations on what feminist funding should be in these times📑🔍.

More than ever, it is crucial to support defenders and activists.🦋🐚✨

https://fondoaccionurgente.org.co/site/assets/files/5971/v1_-_briefing.pdf

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As the situation evolves in Lebanon, UAF stands with activists on the frontlines, including #migrantworkers, #refugees, ...
08/13/2020
UAF launches the Beirut Crisis Fund to support the women and trans activists working on the frontlines in Lebanon!

As the situation evolves in Lebanon, UAF stands with activists on the frontlines, including #migrantworkers, #refugees, #farmers, and #LGBTQI communities, who bear a disproportionate impact in these intersecting crises.

UAF has launched the Beirut Crisis Fund to support the women and trans activists working on the frontlines in Lebanon!

Make a donation today by following the 🔗 below!

https://urgentactionfund.networkforgood.com/projects/106762-beirut-crisis-fund?mc_cid=887a1e5314&mc_eid=7176765aeb

As the situation evolves in Lebanon, UAF stands with activists on the frontlines, including migrant workers, refugees, farmers, and LGBTQI communities, who bear a disproportionate impact in these intersecting crises.​ “People, my people, injured, shocked, bloodied, scared, dazed among the rubble...

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Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights is a feminist fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments.

We intervene quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work. We use online, text and mobile funding applications to respond to requests from women’s human rights defenders within 72 hours and have funds on the ground within 1-7 days.

Urgent Action Fund builds the resilience of women’s rights and LGBT rights movements in three ways:


  • Rapid Response Grantmaking: We award rapid response grants to women and transgender human rights defenders in Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and North America. Activists apply for grants of up to $8,000 USD in any language on any day of the year and are guaranteed a response within 72 hours.
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