Urgent Action Fund-Africa, is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights pan-African Fund established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. 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.
Femmes Africa Solidarité, established in 1996, seeks to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution on the African continent. FAS’s work in this regard is set in the context of a wider campaign to protect and promote women’s human rights in Africa.
UAF-Africa employs a movement building approach in its interaction with other women’s rights actors on the continent. To that end, the Fund provides and supports spaces within which women can adequately debate and strategize on issues concerning their socio, political, economic and security welfare.
With a rapid response grant from UAF-Africa, Femmes Africa Solidarité hosted the 24th Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union (AU), which took place in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. The meeting mobilized a diverse cross-section of women to dialogue on issues faced by women in agriculture and food security as well as violence against women in conflict and make recommendations to the 23rd AU summit. In addition, the meeting provided a space for rural women to show case their contributions to agriculture and food security.