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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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As of March 15, we’ve already made 14 rapid response grants to organizations in Ukraine, with at least 12 more grants in...
03/17/2022

As of March 15, we’ve already made 14 rapid response grants to organizations in Ukraine, with at least 12 more grants in the pipeline. We anticipate that we’ll receive 200 requests for assistance in the next 2-3 months, and more as the war continues on. Find out how we plan to stay flexible and responsive: https://urgentactionfund.org/2022/03/urgent-action-ukraine/

Sex workers’ rights are at the forefront of many social movements that are central to human rights for all. Tune in tomo...
03/17/2022
Sex Work is Work #CSW66

Sex workers’ rights are at the forefront of many social movements that are central to human rights for all. Tune in tomorrow, March 18, at #CSW66 for a panel on emerging UN policies relating to sex work. http://ow.ly/PnSW50IjPWy

Join us at our session during the Commission on the Status of Women. Sex workers rights are centered in our economic empowerment.

Fantastic article on why providing support to women and girls in Ukraine is critical and how women's funds (including Ur...
03/16/2022
Ukraine Donations Go Further and Faster with Women’s Funds — Inside Philanthropy

Fantastic article on why providing support to women and girls in Ukraine is critical and how women's funds (including Urgent Action Fund) are helping get resources to those who need them most. http://ow.ly/cwiP50Il6SB

Women and girls in Ukraine will face the brunt of the war’s consequences. In this guest post, leaders from two women’s funding networks encourage donors to provide powerful support through women’s funds.

Thanks to an outpouring of donations, we've been able to make a number of grants to support feminist and gender rights a...
03/16/2022

Thanks to an outpouring of donations, we've been able to make a number of grants to support feminist and gender rights activists in Ukraine. Yet, with the war ongoing, the flow of requests won't stop anytime soon. Please continue to support our efforts. http://ow.ly/GXBE50Ij5bV

Our Deputy Executive Director, Shalini Eddens, will be speaking today on the Funding Feminist Transformations panel at #...
03/15/2022
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Funding Feminist Transformations. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Our Deputy Executive Director, Shalini Eddens, will be speaking today on the Funding Feminist Transformations panel at #CSW66. Tune in at 5pm EST. http://ow.ly/RMT650Ij4ZU

Join us in this session to hear from funders and activists who are making their commitments reality–they’ll share lessons learned about what works - and what doesn’t–when it comes to funding relationships that truly facilitate deep, transformational impact.

Today, #EqualPayDay, and every day, women are worth more!
03/15/2022

Today, #EqualPayDay, and every day, women are worth more!

Today is #EqualPayDay. This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. American women earn $0.83 for every dollar that men make, and for women of color, the wage gap is even greater. We're worth more. #equalpayforequalwork

Attending #CSW66? Tune into events hosted by the Count Me In Consortium and allies. https://www.mamacash.org/en/join-cou...
03/14/2022
Join Count Me In! and allies at CSW66 – MamaCash

Attending #CSW66? Tune into events hosted by the Count Me In Consortium and allies. https://www.mamacash.org/en/join-count-me-in-and-allies-at-csw66

The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the largest global convening on advancing women’s rights and gender equality. The 66th session of CSW will take place from 14 to 25 March 2022. All side events and parallel events will be fully virtual. Join the Count Me In! consortium ...

We want to express immense gratitude to all who have contributed to our Urgent Response Fund for Ukraine. It is thanks t...
03/11/2022

We want to express immense gratitude to all who have contributed to our Urgent Response Fund for Ukraine. It is thanks to you that we've been able to respond quickly to the constantly changing needs of feminist and gender rights activists in Ukraine. Many of our grants are already helping those trying to evacuate the country, while other grants are supporting women and trans human rights defenders who either cannot leave, or choose to stay and are in need of resources and assistance. The effects and consequences of war disproportionately impact women and non-binary people, and the need for real-time, flexible, and urgent support is essential. Thank you to everyone who has uplifted our work, given time and/or money, and has stood in solidarity during these dark times. Sincerely, thank you!

Thank you to Wild Prairie Soap Company for the support! We so appreciate it!
03/09/2022

Thank you to Wild Prairie Soap Company for the support! We so appreciate it!

A note from our Founder, Tanya Zurock:

"It seems only appropriate on International Women’s Day that the spotlight shines on the women of Ukraine in this distressing time of war and displacement and recognize the need to provide support in any way we can.

Having spent a good portion of my adult life in the company of three very strong and influential Ukrainian women and having two young women of Ukrainian descent as children, I feel compelled to dedicate our page – on International Women’s Day – to the courageous women of Ukraine. Watching them here from the safety of Canada as they flee their homes, many with children in tow, leaving everything behind – including their partners – I am saddened beyond words thinking about the reality of their situation and the courage it must take to face the unthinkable horrors facing them.

It has made me reflect on the strong Ukrainian women who entered my life as a young woman and what they have meant to me, not the least of which is a deeper understanding of their proud culture and way of life that permeated every visit and conversation. Two of them would become my children’s great-Babas, the other, their grandmother. At barely 5’ tall, Baba Z’s energy belied her small stature. She was incredibly competent as both a farm wife and a mother, and spent her life dedicated to providing for her family on a homestead in northern Alberta, in an age when roads weren’t paved and farm life meant back-breaking work and a survivalist attitude. She gave birth for the first time all alone and likely only barely 20 years old herself, in a remote farmhouse during a snowstorm, the baby arriving before the doctor and her husband who ran to fetch him - could get there. With the umbilical cord wrapped around baby’s neck and scared, she revived the baby out of instinct and our amazing Aunt Mary arrived (Mary always reminded me of Dolly Parton – always had her hair perfect and her high heels on!). I remember when she told me that story, and I felt like she was a hero, astounded by the resiliency she showed. It’s a resiliency that resides in all of us when we need it and that’s in the blood of the women fleeing Ukraine right now. Making a choice and doing what you need to survive or help your children survive. It’s the key to survival just as much today as it was throughout human history, and it’s the most admirable and courageous thing to me.

All 3 of these women grew amazing huge gardens on their respective farms, understanding that at times, survival depended on the crop they cultivated. And each of them always managed to harvest every last bit of it for winter storage. Virtually every meal I ever had with any of them was influenced by a deep cultural influence, from the homemade sauerkraut and headcheese to the amazing Pyrohy (store-bought has never lived up). Nothing was ever wasted, and they each were able to feed an army at a moments notice. They taught me the traditions of their culture, in hopes that this would be passed down to my own children, being of Ukrainian descent themselves. I can’t say I’ve done the greatest job upholding those traditions, but both myself and my children are better people for having had these women in our lives. In tribute to the traditions and origins of these amazing women who blessed the life of my children and myself, and for the courage of the women of Ukraine right now, we’d like to give what we can to support them. And I want them to know we see them, we feel their pain, and we recognize their courage and sacrifice.

So today in recognition of the courage of Ukrainian women and in homage to the women I’ve known and loved, Wild Prairie is making a $500 donation to the Urgent Action Fund, an organization that supports women in Ukraine facing immediate threats due to the current conflicts. We know it won’t solve the issues in Ukraine, but we hope it makes an impact in some small way. нехай мир супроводжує вас (may peace follow you)."

~Tanya

The CLIMA Fund - of which Urgent Action Fund is a member - just released three videos on grassroots power and leadership...
03/09/2022
Underpinning Stories of Grassroots Power and Leadership - CLIMA Fund

The CLIMA Fund - of which Urgent Action Fund is a member - just released three videos on grassroots power and leadership in addressing the climate crisis. The video series shares key insights from 13 virtual dialogues with funders and grassroots leaders. They unpack the value of supporting grassroots action at this pivotal point in the climate crisis, how grassroots movement-building scales, and the importance of international solidarity.

To watch these videos, click here: https://climasolutions.org/resource/underpinning-stories-videos/

How do grassroots movements scale? Why is international solidarity important in confronting the climate crisis? Why fund the grassroots? Over the last three years, the CLIMA Fund (a collaboration among Global Greengrants Fund, Grassroots International, Thousand Currents, and Urgent Action Fund for W...

Thank you to Forbes for including us as an organization to support to address the crisis in Ukraine. https://www.forbes....
03/09/2022
Women Helping Women: Simple Ways To Offer Meaningful Support During The Crisis In Ukraine

Thank you to Forbes for including us as an organization to support to address the crisis in Ukraine. https://www.forbes.com/sites/alyssawright/2022/03/01/women-helping-women-simple-ways-to-offer-meaningful-support-during-the-crisis-in-ukraine/?sh=4837ded06729

As people around the world rally in support of Ukraine, many women seek guidance as to how they can use their resources to help Ukrainian women from afar.

Standing in solidarity with our Sister Funds today and every day. #IWD2022 Urgent Action Fund-Africa Urgent Action Fund ...
03/09/2022

Standing in solidarity with our Sister Funds today and every day. #IWD2022 Urgent Action Fund-Africa Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights - Asia and Pacific Fondo Acción Urgente - LAC

Thank you to Elton John for amplifying our support for women and gender rights activists in Ukraine. So much gratitude f...
03/08/2022

Thank you to Elton John for amplifying our support for women and gender rights activists in Ukraine. So much gratitude from us to you!

And for those who would like to make a gift: https://secure.givelively.org/donate/urgent-action-fund-for-women-s-human-rights/urgent-response-fund-ukraine?mc_cid=97ea5bdad3&mc_eid=UNIQID

This International Women’s Day, I’d like to take the opportunity to highlight the Urgent Action Fund, an organisation committed to supporting women, trans, and nonbinary activists on the ground in and surrounding Ukraine.

There’s a link in my bio where you can learn more and support their work.

#iwd2022 #internationalwomensday

Today is #InternationalWomensDay. Here at Urgent Action Fund we protect, strengthen and sustain women and transgender hu...
03/08/2022

Today is #InternationalWomensDay. Here at Urgent Action Fund we protect, strengthen and sustain women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments each and every day, as we believe these activists play an essential role in protecting human rights and ensuring peace for all. In celebration today - and every day - for women worldwide!

The CLIMA Fund - of which Urgent Action Fund is a member - is excited to share its impact report on its 5-year anniversa...
03/07/2022
CLIMA Fund Impact Report - CLIMA Fund

The CLIMA Fund - of which Urgent Action Fund is a member - is excited to share its impact report on its 5-year anniversary of funding grassroots climate solutions. Over the last five years, the CLIMA Fund has raised over $11 million and made over 300 grants in 71 countries.

CLIMA Fund grantee partners are dismantling the fossil fuel-dependent economic system, challenging and creating an alternative to corporate-controlled food systems, and reclaiming Indigenous lands.

To learn how grassroots movements are our best bet to confront the climate crisis, click here.
https://climasolutions.org/resource/impact-report/

Thank you to the Obama Foundation for listing Urgent Action Fund as an organization to support to help the people of Ukr...
03/04/2022
How You Can Help the People of Ukraine

Thank you to the Obama Foundation for listing Urgent Action Fund as an organization to support to help the people of Ukraine. https://www.obama.org/updates/help-ukraine/

The impact of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has been devastating. And while the situation continues to escalate, so does the need for help—from emergency relief on the ground, to support for those fleeing to neighboring countries.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are under attack. We stand ready to support the movements of the w...
03/03/2022

We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine who are under attack. We stand ready to support the movements of the women and LGBTQI+ people in Ukraine who have always been under attack. We ask that you support us to meet the needs and challenges of this crisis.

Please donate today. http://ow.ly/clus50I8qti

Join the Council on Foundations and the U.S. Department of State for an urgent discussion on how philanthropy can best s...
03/03/2022
Webinar: Philanthropy's Response to the Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis

Join the Council on Foundations and the U.S. Department of State for an urgent discussion on how philanthropy can best support the humanitarian response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine TODAY at 3pm EST. Shalini Eddens, the Deputy Executive Director at Urgent Action Fund will be speaking. https://www.cof.org/event/webinar-philanthropys-response-ukraine-humanitarian-crisis

Join the Council on Foundations and the U.S. Department of State for an urgent discussion on how philanthropy can best support the humanitarian response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Feburary 24, 2022. Representatives from the State Department Office of Global Partnerships and the philanthro...

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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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