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.
Meriam Ibrahim, a 27-year-old Sudanese woman came into public limelight early 2014, when she was arrested and charged for apostasy and adultery because of her marriage to a non-Muslim. Meerim was imprisoned together with her 20-month-old son while pregnant. Meriam’s marriage to her Christian husband was deemed adulterous because of the incorrect presumption that she was Muslim. An additional charge of apostasy was later added to her case. Meriam was found guilty of both charges and sentenced on 15 May 2014 to one hundred public lashings and execution by hanging. While incarcerated at Omdurman Women’s Prison in Khartoum, Meriam, now awaiting her execution, gave birth to a baby girl in shackles and without any proper medical attention.
Meriam’s case garnered global attention and outcry. UAF-Africa responded promptly upon receiving information on this case from our networks in Sudan. The Fund immediately reached out to our advisors on the ground, one of whom was Strategic Initiative for the Horn of Africa Network (SIHANET) who were also extending support to Meriam. SIHANET was coordinating the legal representation for Meriam’s case and needed support to pursue an appeal over the judgment.
UAF-Africa provided timely support to SIHANET to engage and retain a qualified and capable legal team that would secure Meriam’s release. This came to fruition resulting in the order from the appeal court to release Meriam and cancel the earlier court ruling. Read the full story here.