Urgent Action Fund-Africa, is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights pan-African Fund registered in Nairobi, Kenya. Operating as an innovative virtual organisation, the Fund boasts a strategic presence in Africa’s four sub-regions in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya & Dar es salaam, Tanzania; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; Southern Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and West Africa: Abuja, Nigeria. As the first rapid response Fund on the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of activists and civil society organisations focusing on women’s active socio-political participation and visibility by leveraging resources and opportunities for critical engagement that advance women’s human rights.
A world where African women are leading change agents at all levels of society with full access to opportunities, justice and resources – a world in which women and girls thrive.
What we do
As the first rapid response Fund on the continent, UAF-Africa adds value to the work of women’s rights activists and organisations through provision of critical financial and technical resources. At UAF-Africa money is recognized as a fundamental tool in protecting and advancing women’s rights and enabling their participation in crucial processes that contribute to shifting of power relations. Read More…
Working towards social change…
We support catalytic interventions through rapid response grant giving, deliberate collaborations on topical and emerging issues and protection of resilient women’s human rights defenders at risk.
UAF-Africa Bids Farewell to Outgoing Board Chairperson
We have a bittersweet announcement to make. After 3 years on our board, we bid a fond farewell to our outgoing chair Binaifer Nowrojee.
Binaifer has been an instrumental part of the organization. Her dedication and commitment to being chair of the board has had a significant impact not only on the positive image that our name represents, but also on the high standard of the services that we are able to provide. Throughout her tenure, she has worked tirelessly to support our operations including expanding our reach and growing our programs and funding base. Throughout the last 3 years, UAF-Africa has benefited from Binaifer’s vision, wisdom, and leadership. We are proud to announce that Biniafer has moved on from Africa to head the Asia regional office of Open Society Foundation.
Thank you Binaifer for all your support, commitment and invaluable contributions to the organization. We wish you every success in your new post.
We would also like to extend our warmest welcome to Coumba Toure as our new chair. We are certain that her experience and expertise will lend her perfectly to the role, and that she will continue to support UAF-Africa to enhance her leadership position and impact within the African women’s rights movement.
Women living with disability in Kenya like in most developing countries are gravely marginalized from participating in social, civil and political processes. The majority experience hardships as a result of inbuilt social, cultural and economic prejudices, stigmatization and more often, abuse and violence.
Embu County, Kenya is in the process of developing a policy that would guide public participation in its governance and development agenda. Consequently, this will provide an opportunity for women living with disabilities especially the Deaf to lobby for the inclusion of issues that affect them. With a rapid response grant from UAF-Africa, Deaf Outreach Program (DEAFOP), an NGO working towards empowering the Deaf community in Kenya, will develop draft policy proposals and notes outlining various approaches to effective participation for women and more so the deaf to engage the county government. This will be the first county progressively addressing issues of people living with disability.
UAF-Africa Rapidly Deploys Feminist Ugandan Medical Doctor & Psychiatrist to Ebola Hit Liberia
UAF-Africa has provided a rapid response grant to a Ugandan feminist Psychiatrist & Mental Health Doctor to conduct a rapid assessment and gender analysis of the impact and response of the Ebola disease outbreak in Liberia. This urgent and critical step was necessary in order to have an insider and gendered perspective on some of the psychological, social and economic shifts that the Ebola has created and of the responses to the outbreak. The assessment would also focus on addressing the role that women and women leaders can play in stemming the EVD and preventing further spread.
Dr. Florence Baingana, a psychiatrist and a mental health specialist in collaboration with Liberia Center of Outcome Research for Mental Health (LiCORMH) will also hold community dialogue sessions and support groups for survivors of EVD, first responders, family members and community leaders. These sessions will also focus on peace building, trauma healing and awareness raising. The analysis produced from this mission will be useful in informing the responses in the other outbreak-struck countries as well as other disasters. Follow Dr. Baingana’s blog to get up-to-date information and news.