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.
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.
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.
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…
BREAKING NEWS: 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: 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 a recently published piece covering the Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the Ministry of Health official stated that women constitute a whopping 75% of Ebola deaths in the country.
In this piece, UAF-Africa examines several issues of the Ebola outbreak, including the invisible and undervalued realm of the care economy and the realities of the lives of female headed households. Read the full article.
Sudan Women Solidarity Band (SWSB), established in 2009, supports women and girls by helping them acquire the tools and skills they need, in order for them to raise their economic, and political positions in society.
With a rapid response grant from UAF-Africa, SWSB will train young women activists to improve their expertise, working capacity and skills in human rights monitoring within remote areas of the Blue Nile state. With the grant, SWSB will put more pressure on the State Governmental Advisory on the Affairs of Minorities to establish a special tribunal or an independent justice organ to secure respect for the rights of ethnic minority women. The group will also investigate and gather information on human rights violations, and lobby with other human rights organizations to bring the documented violations to the attention of concerned bodies and public.