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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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...

At this moment, as we continue to deal with a global health and economic crisis, GivingTuesday announced #GivingTuesdayN...
05/05/2020

At this moment, as we continue to deal with a global health and economic crisis, GivingTuesday announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity as an emergency response to #COVID19.

Our grantee partners like My Sistah's House are stepping up and organizing to support the most vulnerable in their communities, including trans and gender non-conforming neighbors, the formerly incarcerated, people living with HIV, those experiencing domestic violence, and individuals facing homeless or housing insecurity during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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!

We are hiring!Are you looking to join a dynamic and energetic #feminist fund that protects, strengthens and sustains wom...
04/29/2020

We are 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 Partnerships. 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/ 👉🔗

Establishing the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists means that we can help deploy resources to #activists on the f...
04/29/2020
Support activists on the frontline of the COVID-19 outbreak through the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists.

Establishing the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists means that we can help deploy resources to #activists on the frontlines of the #COVID19 outbreak.

We call on you to help us provide activists with the support they need to get through this crisis. To support feminist activists on the frontlines of #COVID19 click here, https://bit.ly/3aOSj9c.

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...

Unfortunately, during the #COVID19 crisis, women and girls are especially vulnerable to #GenderBasedViolence. In an effo...
04/21/2020

Unfortunately, during the #COVID19 crisis, women and girls are especially vulnerable to #GenderBasedViolence. In an effort to support the women of Gaza, Urgent Action Fund approved a grant for PWWSD Women Rights - جمعية المرأة العاملة الفلسطينية للتنمية to support women in Gaza facing strict social distancing orders. #StandInSolidarity

Just in case you missed the COVID-19: Making Effective Rapid Response Grants webinar this week, check out this post feat...
04/18/2020
Rapid Response Funding in the Time of COVID-19 - Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Just in case you missed the COVID-19: Making Effective Rapid Response Grants webinar this week, check out this post featuring key takeaways from the panelists, our very own Shalini Eddens and Edgar Villanueva from the Schott Foundation for Public Education.
#CDP4Recovery #COVID19

On April 14, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) hosted a webinar COVID-19: Making Effective Rapid Response Grants. I invite you to watch the recording – our speakers Edgar Villanueva from the Schott Foundation for Public Education and Shalini Eddens from the Urgent Action Fund for Women’...

All around the world, refugees are living in densely populated camps and urban areas with inadequate #health infrastruct...
04/18/2020
UNHCR: Staying and delivering for refugees amid COVID-19 crisis

All around the world, refugees are living in densely populated camps and urban areas with inadequate #health infrastructure. While confirmed cases of #COVID19 infection among refugees remain low, response to this emergency to prevent further spread is key!

#StandInSolidarity

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, detailed today a series of measures it is taking in its field operations to help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency

#COVID19 presents risks for people with disabilities around the world. Having a disability does’t by itself increase ris...
04/15/2020
Protect Rights of People with Disabilities During COVID-19

#COVID19 presents risks for people with disabilities around the world.

Having a disability does’t by itself increase risk of infection, but the risk of discrimination, barriers to information, health care, and education. #StandUpForDisabilityRights

COVID-19 presents particular risks for many people with disabilities around the world. Governments should make extra efforts to protect the rights of people with disabilities in responding to the pandemic.

04/10/2020

On April 14, our very own Shalini Eddens will be speaking about the effective rapid response grants and how @UrgentAct is responding to #COVID19 with @funds4disaster, @SallyRay51, and @VillanuevaEdgar!

RSVP here: https://decolonizingwealth.com/events

#decolonizingwealth

#AfricaIsNotYourLab! These comments are disgraceful and a product of #ColonialMentality. This pandemic is no excuse to u...
04/09/2020
Opinion | No, France. Africa is not your testing ground.

#AfricaIsNotYourLab! These comments are disgraceful and a product of #ColonialMentality. This pandemic is no excuse to undervalue citizens of Africa with suggestions to test #COVID19 vaccines in Africa.

A controversy on TV unveiled an attitude that has been prevalent throughout French history.

With school closures, reduced services at LGBTQ community centers and a lack of family support, these young Americans ar...
04/08/2020
Coronavirus pandemic a perfect storm for LGBTQ homeless youth

With school closures, reduced services at LGBTQ community centers and a lack of family support, these young Americans are particularly vulnerable.

Human Rights Campaign's Alphonso David on COVID-19 and the LGBTQ community: “We have to make sure that we issue policy solutions within the specific context of protecting marginalized communities where there are no protections now."

https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/coronavirus-pandemic-perfect-storm-lgbtq-homeless-youth-n1176206

With school closures, reduced services at LGBTQ community centers and a lack of family support, these young Americans are particularly vulnerable.

Urgent Action Fund has established the "COVID Crisis fund for Feminist Activists", a fund to help deploy resources to #a...
04/06/2020

Urgent Action Fund has established the "COVID Crisis fund for Feminist Activists", a fund to help deploy resources to #activists on the frontlines of the #COVID19 outbreak.

As this pandemic intensifies and spreads, we know that it will have a significant and disproportionate impact on the health and wellbeing of #FeministActivists all around the globe. 🌎

In the midst of this fallout, we call on you to help us provide activists with the support they need to get through this crisis by clicking here, https://bit.ly/3aOSj9c.

Thank you, Levi Strauss & Co for committing to support Urgent Action Fund and the vulnerable communities impacted by #CO...
04/03/2020
LS&Co. Commits $3 Million to COVID-19 Response - Levi Strauss & Co

Thank you, Levi Strauss & Co for committing to support Urgent Action Fund and the vulnerable communities impacted by #COVID19. With so much uncertainty in this pandemic, it is clear that together we can play a vital role in protecting the most vulnerable in its wake.

Levi Strauss & Co. is committing $3 million to COVID-19 relief efforts, with a focus on employees, community partners and supply chain workers.

Urgent Action Fund's model of #RapidResponse grantmaking was built for moments like this, where quick infusions of fundi...
04/02/2020

Urgent Action Fund's model of #RapidResponse grantmaking was built for moments like this, where quick infusions of funding can address immediate needs. We want to share important grantmaking priorities and shifts you should know about in light of the #COVID19. https://bit.ly/3dSC4cS

We are reaching out to our community of supporters and asking each of you to join us in responding to the COVID-19 crisi...
04/02/2020

We are reaching out to our community of supporters and asking each of you to join us in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Please consider making a generous contribution to the COVID Crisis Fund for Feminist Activists to help our courageous activists and their communities at this critical time.

https://bit.ly/2yw5n55

Happy International #TransDayOfVisibility ! At Urgent Action Fund, we honor the pride, resilience, and leadership of the...
03/31/2020

Happy International #TransDayOfVisibility ! At Urgent Action Fund, we honor the pride, resilience, and leadership of the #Trans & #NonBinary community around the world.

Want to join our dynamic #feminist fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defen...
03/26/2020

Want to join our dynamic #feminist fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments?

We're hiring a Human Resources Officer. If you are interested in applying, we’d like to meet you! We offer a vibrant workplace as well as a generous benefits plan.

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

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay than by spending it in the company of our supporter...
03/10/2020

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate #InternationalWomensDay than by spending it in the company of our supporters!

Thank you to everyone who came out for UAF & Kiri Westby's collaborative book launch and reading for "Fortune Favors the Brave"!

Kiri has a deep connection to UAF having been a staff member and working closely with us for over 20 years, her memoir describes her personal journey as a feminist activist and her international human rights work with UAF.

To share in Kiri's personal journey as a #feminist activist you can purchase her book here, https://www.kiriwestby.com/book

Today is #InternationalWomensDay!How are you celebrating the strong and courageous women in your lives? Join Urgent Acti...
03/08/2020

Today is #InternationalWomensDay!

How are you celebrating the strong and courageous women in your lives?

Join Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights and Kiri Westby, Author at Impact Hub Oakland for a reading from Kiri’s new book “Fortune Favors the Brave”!

Through stories in the book, she will lead us in an intimate and challenging conversation around white savior complex, western supremacy, hetero-privilege, and whose voices are centered and funded within global human rights movements!

Also, we will drink locally roasted coffee, have individually wrapped cakes, lots of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, and plenty of space between us. Together let’s celebrate #Women and all the ways they’ve changed the world!

We are so excited to have Kiri Westby, Author joining us at Impact Hub Oakland for a reading from her new book “Fortune ...
03/06/2020

We are so excited to have Kiri Westby, Author joining us at Impact Hub Oakland for a reading from her new book “Fortune Favors the Brave” for International Women’s Day on March 8!

Through stories in the book, she will lead us in an intimate and challenging conversation around white savior complex, western supremacy, hetero-privilege, and whose voices are centered and funded within global human rights movements...you know, the light topics for a Sunday afternoon .

Also, we will drink locally roasted coffee, have individually wrapped cakes, lots of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, and plenty of space between us. Be Bold. Be Brave. Be there! 💪📖👀✊💥

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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.

  • Advocacy & Alliance-Building: We leverage the power we have as a funder to advocate for women and transgender human rights defenders.

  • Global Consortium of Urgent Action Funds: We are one of four Urgent Action Funds. Together with our sister funds: Urgent Action Fund-Africa, Urgent Action Fund – Asia & Pacific, and Urgent Action Fund-Latin America & the Caribbean, we collectively support gender justice and human rights movements globally.
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