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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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...

Today in Poland,  advocate and UAF board member Wanda Nowicka (pictures wearing purple) organized alongside a group of P...
08/07/2020

Today in Poland, advocate and UAF board member Wanda Nowicka (pictures wearing purple) organized alongside a group of Polish advocates in silent protest of Andrzej Duda’s swearing-in as Polish president. Being there meant that they won’t stand idly by as the president continues to use homophobic rhetoric and performances against the #LGBTQI community.

This group of #FierceFeminists encompass the idea of what it means to seek positive change through advocacy✨

#FeministFriday #Empowerment #Solidarity #Advocacy

We at Urgent Action Fund bid farewell to our grantee Stacey Park Milbern. Stacey was one of the most prolific leaders fo...
06/22/2020

We at Urgent Action Fund bid farewell to our grantee Stacey Park Milbern. Stacey was one of the most prolific leaders for the Disability Rights movement in the Bay Area and beyond. She will forever be a towering figure for disability rights activism everywhere: a clear, moral voice for freedom and dignity. As a self-identifying disabled woman of color, she used her powerful voice to uplift those living with disabilities and other communities who were often discounted.

#StaceyTaughtUs all so much through her activism. Stacey gave her energy and her soul towards reshaping the disability justice landscape, from helping to form the Disability Justice Culture Club, advocating to dismantle the crime of ableism, to organizing coronavirus mutual aid in the Bay Area. She spoke up to change the world she lived in and will be very missed. Stacey, thank you for what you’ve taught us. Rest in power.

To look at a collection of Stacey’s work around disability justice please read Stacey’s Syllabus, https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2020/05/23/staceytaughtus-syllabus-work-by-stacey-milbern-park/. You can support the work of the Disability Justice Culture Club and follow them for updates on how to best honor and remember Stacey’s legacy. If you have the means, send a donation in honor of Stacey via Venmo to @Yomi-Wrong with “DJCC” in the message. 100% of funds support low-income disabled and elderly Bay Area residents, most of whom are BIPOC.

Today is #Juneteenth2020, a day to celebrate freedom and resilience ✊🏾 Today we commemorate the spirit and lives of thos...
06/19/2020

Today is #Juneteenth2020, a day to celebrate freedom and resilience ✊🏾

Today we commemorate the spirit and lives of those who have endured the vicious and evil cycle of enslavement. We remember those who were still trapped in bondage and were delayed freedom for two and a half years after the #emancipationproclamation.

They fought for unbridled freedom and that fight continues now through us. #HappyJuneteenth #FreedomDay

🎙 Breaking news!🎙 #SCOTUS just ruled that those who are wrongfully fired based on sexual orientation & gender identity i...
06/15/2020

🎙 Breaking news!🎙 #SCOTUS just ruled that those who are wrongfully fired based on sexual orientation & gender identity is illegal under Title VII. What a huge win for the LGTBQ+ community✨

It’s long past time that we upheld employment protections for #LGBTQ people #PRIDE

We continue to demand change! We have signed on to this letter calling on the UN Human Rights Council to carry an indepe...
06/08/2020
Coalition Letter — Request for U.N. Independent Inquiry Into Escalating Situation of Police Violence and Repression of Protests in the United States

We continue to demand change! We have signed on to this letter calling on the UN Human Rights Council to carry an independent inquiry into repression and structural racism in the U.S.

Black people are being murdered and brutalized by police with near impunity. Act with us to end police brutality, demand racial justice, and defend our right to protest. Your donation will fuel our legal battles and urgent advocacy efforts.

We begin this week after witnessing uprisings across the United States and a number of other countries demanding justice...
06/02/2020

We begin this week after witnessing uprisings across the United States and a number of other countries demanding justice for the killing of George Floyd. We are heartbroken, our spirits weary, our emotions filled with righteous anger. We grieve the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Toni McDade and the other named and unnamed Black, Brown, and Indigenous people who have been violently killed in the United States by police brutality and anti-Black racism.

The legacy of systematic racism is entrenched within our society and we must work actively to dismantle it. An unapologetic commitment to justice for Black communities is justice for all communities. Silence is complicit and if we remain silent about the violence against Black lives and bodies, we are part of the problem.

As a public foundation, supporting activism domestically and outside of the United States, we also recognize that the collective struggle for justice and freedom to live in dignity is global. As a feminist fund, we recognize that the movements for gender justice and racial justice are intertwined. Whether in the United States or Palestine, ending police brutality and racist systems cannot wait. Fighting patriarchy and white supremacy extends from Hungary to Lebanon and around the world. When we look closely, we realize we are not alone. Our fights for humanity are linked across borders.

We lift up the families and communities who have lost loved ones to police brutality. We salute the organizers and protestors who are exercising a civil and political right and standing at the frontlines of justice. We are with you. We are you.

We stand firmly with the Black community. BlackLivesMatter #Sayhername #Sayhisname #Saytheirnames #DefendBlackLives

http://urgentactionfund.org/georgefloyd/

Happy Pansexual Visibility Day! To all those who identify as pansexual or panromantic, we see you in all your beautiful ...
05/24/2020

Happy Pansexual Visibility Day!

To all those who identify as pansexual or panromantic, we see you in all your beautiful and authentic selves. Have a PAN-TASTIC DAY! 💛

#pansexual #panromantic #pansexualvisibilityday

With support from the Moriah Fund we have been able to support feminist activists working amid the #COVID19 pandemic. Al...
05/14/2020
Twelve Inspiring Ideas from Nonprofits Exercising Leadership in a Crisis

With support from the Moriah Fund we have been able to support feminist activists working amid the #COVID19 pandemic. Alongside 11 organizations, we were highlighted for creating culturally appropriate COVID-19 guides for #immigrants and #refugees.

by Gideon Stein and Alice Cain

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in your life- chosen, communal, and biological!This #MothersDay, we are remember o...
05/10/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers in your life- chosen, communal, and biological!

This #MothersDay, we are remember our founding mothers and asking you to make a gift to honor the mother’s in your life.

Your donations allow UAF to support women and trans activists during these turbulent times. With the funds raised through the #COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists, UAF has supported groups like the Re+Birth Equity Alliance, who are organizing tele-mental health clinics.

They are continuing to find innovative ways to stand in solidarity with their communities while following physical distancing recommendations, including hosting a gathering on April 11th to coincide with #BlackMaternalHealthWeek!

Help us honor our founding mothers and all the mothers who paved the way! To find out more on how your donation allows UAF to continue to help the revolutionary women and trans activists who care for their communities click here, https://urgentactionfund.networkforgood.com/projects/96725-covid-crisis-fund-for-feminist-activists?mc_cid=ba3583c040&mc_eid=b4cf581042.

Today Ahmaud Albery should have been turning 26. Instead of celebrating with his family they now mourn him.  Ahmaud was ...
05/08/2020

Today Ahmaud Albery should have been turning 26. Instead of celebrating with his family they now mourn him. Ahmaud was a young black man who was unarmed while jogging, but was shot and killed by white men and the attack is believed to be racially motivated.

Our grantees are working for change and standing up for the injustice done to #Ahmaud. The Black Commission is rallying from Jacksonville, FL to Brunswick, Georgia to join Ahmaud’s mother and participate in a peaceful rally with local citizens and grassroots groups this weekend for Mother's Day. Together with Ahmaud’s mother the group will be out demanding #Justice and hold law enforcement, city officials and those who were involved in the shooting to be held accountable.

#IRunWithMaud #JusticeForAhmaud #BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace

When feminists need insights on how to navigate though #COVID19, where can they go? Feminist orgs, movements, and their ...
05/08/2020
Feminist Solidarity for a Collective Response to COVID-19

When feminists need insights on how to navigate though #COVID19, where can they go? Feminist orgs, movements, and their collectives came together to provide them with the resources they need.

See how Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights and other feminist org are responding to this pandemic bit.ly/3dpSBEf.

By Bridget Burns and Emilia Reyes

#GivingTuesdayNow was born out of the need for all of us to come together and join in on this global movement to support...
05/06/2020
Support activists on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak through the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists.

#GivingTuesdayNow was born out of the need for all of us to come together and join in on this global movement to support those working amid the #COVID19 pandemic.

Urgent Action Fund was made for times like this to provide rapid and flexible funding straight to the activists when they need it most!

In response to these turbulent times we launched the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists. Since the launch we have funded to some the most marginalized communities, such as:
•trans, queer, GNC communities across the US, particularly concentrated in urban and rural areas who are Black and Brown
•undocumented migrants, immigrants and refugee communities
•low-income Black communities, especially Black single head of households, young Black women and girls, sex workers, transgenders
•disability groups
•frontline, essential and gig workers
•unemployed or under-employed

On this #GivingTuesdayNow, we are asking you to donate to UAF and allow us to support even more feminist activists. To learn more about what Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights has been doing to respond to COVID-19 visit us here, https://bit.ly/2YOfe1l!

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights establishes a fund to help deploy resources to activists on the frontlines of the COVID-19 outbreak. This moment is uncertain, it is scary and unprecedented. But we are resilient! Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights was built for moments like t...

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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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