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Welcome! Bienvenus! Karibu! مرحباً! Bem-vindo!

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. Recognising the need to move resources rapidly on a continent where opportunities arise and decline quickly, UAF-Africa uses a Rapid Response Grant making model to support unanticipated, time sensitive, innovative and unique initiatives. The Fund supports women to seize windows of opportunity that promote women’s agency in democratic governance, economic justice, natural resources governance, conflict transformation and justice processes while protecting their personhood, integrity and human rights.

Our funding mechanisms ensure that we respond to most urgent requests in real time. We achieve this by working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. We conduct our due diligence for approval or decline of a grant within 48 hours, hence the name Urgent Action Fund-Africa. To date, the Fund has supported over 600 women’s catalytic initiatives in 48 African countries. Grant applications are accepted in the 5 African Union official languages (English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic).

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.

Call for Submission: Where Were You in 1995? Politicising Beijing Storytelling

The 1995 World Conference on Women was magic, a rupture, watershed, revolutionary and a galvanizing force. It was unforgettable to the extent that today, after 20 years, if you randomly pick a person on the street, in a remote part of any African country and ask them what they know about women’s rights, whatever the tone of voice; angry or excited, they are likely to mention Beijing. They might not even know where Beijing is, whether it’s an obedient or rebellious woman, an ideology or dream, but they have heard about it, it represents either women’s liberation or transgression. Read more…

Grantee Spotlight

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.

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