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Welcome! Bienvenue! Karibu! مرحباً! Bem-vindo!

Urgent Action Fund-Africa, is a consciously feminist and women’s human rights pan-African Fund registered in Nairobi, Kenya. The Fund boasts a strategic presence on the ground across the five sub-regions of Africa; in Tanzania, Egypt, Zimbabwe, Kenya and 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.

Our Vision

We envision...

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 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.

New Release: Solidarity across Boarders: Making Sense of the Ebola Crisis

The Ebola outbreak has tragically transitioned from an international public health crisis to a humanitarian emergency. A global elimination plan, influenced and shaped by women’s emotional and indigenous social intelligence and knowledge of their communities and supported by national, regional and international health bodies is badly needed to conquer this deadly catastrophe.

At UAF-Africa, we stand in solidarity with the affected communities and the thousands of courageous women who are making tough and life-changing decisions in the face of an extraordinary situation; women whose visibility and voices are not considered experts but have the conviction that their resilience to human struggles will win the day; women who are fearlessly engaged in front line efforts to combat Ebola. At UAF-Africa, we salute and celebrate the women who are doing all they can with little resources to make a difference for themselves and others.

In our latest solidarity piece, we highlight some of the key priorities for the international community to consider during and after the Ebola outbreak. Read more… 

Gendering the Ebola Outbreak: Connecting the Missing Dots

The Ebola outbreak has brought to the fore discussions about the ethics of experimental therapies and the inequalities of access to them; the investment required to control the outbreak, and measures the public should take to avoid contracting the virus. Missing from the discussions were the disproportionate effects the outbreak has on women in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

In our latest report, Gendering the Ebola Outbreak: Connecting the Missing Dots, connects the dots and explores the gendered dimensions of the Ebola outbreak. It examines several issues including the invisible and undervalued realm of the care economy and the realities of the lives of female-headed household. Read more…

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