How Our Rapid Response Grantmaking works

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How Our Rapid Response Grantmaking works

Quick facts about how our rapid response grantmaking works
We support activists and women’s rights organisations to access quick funds to address unplanned and unanticipated interventions that will advance women’s rights in Africa. This quick facts will allow you get all the information you need to access our rapid response grant.


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Women Activists’ Resistance to Global Threat of Closing Civil Society Space

 “We find alternative routes for activism, not for innovation’s sake, but out of the dire necessity” those were the words of Sondos Shabayek, an Egyptian Feminist Writer describing how activists are building resilience to the massive civil society space crackdown sweeping through the globe.

The closing of civil society space is a global trend that has become a major challenge to the functioning of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the work of women human rights defenders (WHRDs).

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UAF-Africa #CSW61 side events

Side events to look forward;
Strategic Resourcing for African Women’s Rights: Spotlighting the Opportunities on Friday 17th March, 2017, at 14:00 – 15:30 hours (EDT): Rodger Smith Hotel on 501 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY.
The LBTQ movement in Francophone West Africa: Lessons and Opportunities on Monday 21st March, 2017, at 14:30 –Continue Reading

#UrgentAction4Women WEBINAR

DATE: Monday 6th March, 2017
TIMES: 3:00 – 5:00 PM (EAT), 2:00 – 4:00 PM (CAT), 1:00 – 3:00 PM (WAT)
Join the #UrgentAction4Women webinar to explore powerful organising strategies for women ‘s rights in Africa. This webinar will be moderated by Korto Reeves Williams. 
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#UrgentAction4Women Tweet-a-thon Report

UAF-AFRICA Tweet-a-thon Report


On Wednesday 8th February, 2017 UAF-Africa hosted a robust and landmark women’s rights oriented tweet-a-thon with the hashtag #UrgentAction4Women. The tweet-a-thon’s main objectives were:

  • To establish from the Fund’s social media constituency and beyond, the urgent issues impacting women in Africa that require immediate attention,

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#UrgentAction4Women TWEETATHON

What do you regard as an URGENT women’s rights issue in Africa?

Join @UAFAfrica and @NdanaTawamba, on Wednesday 8th of February 2017, for a robust tweetathon that will bring together African women from across different social movements to discuss the immediate human rights issues women are excited about as well as grappling with,

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GAGGA consortium, Kampala Uganda

From the 27th to the 29th of October, 2016,  Urgent Action Fund (UAF) – Africa are partnering with Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action (GAGGA) to host a regional consortium meeting on environmental justice and African feminism. This consortium entails capacity development work for participants to enable them with a Afrifeminist lens by making the case for the value addition of women’s human rights activism in the field of environmental justice;

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Beyond Extractives Convening, Entebbe – Uganda

From the 25th to 27th of October, 2016, Urgent Action Fund (UAF) – Africa and the WoMin African Gender and Extractives Alliance are hosting a convening in Entebbe, Uganda themed ‘Moving Above and Beyond Extractives: Strengthening African Feminist Development Alternatives.’ Although it is a small convening which aims to deepen feminist collective thinking about feminist development alternatives,

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Protection Of The Rights Of Albinos In Sub Saharan Africa

In several parts of Africa, people living with albinism are believed to have bones that contain magical properties. Misconceptions persist that body parts of persons with albinism bring fortune and good health. Research has it that a corpse could be worth up to US$75 000 on the black market compelling family members to be complicit.

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16 Days of Activism: Human Rights Day

Human Rights for Whom?

By: Anthea Taderera

We mark the end of the 16 days of activism with the celebration of Human Rights Day. This year’s commemorations of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are running under the theme “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always” which makes me reflect on whose rights we’re recognizing.

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