Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) is a pan-African and feminist Fund, established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya. Using a rapid response grant making (RRG) model, the Fund supports unanticipated, time-sensitive, innovative, and bold initiatives. The financial and technical resources the Fund provides enable African feminists and women's rights organisations to seize windows of opportunity, fracture patriarchy, amplify their voices, enhance their visibility, and become significant actors who can influence policy and law while shaping discourse. This way, UAF-Africa fills a unique grant making niche within the African feminist movement, providing stepping stones to activists as they use their agency and resilience to achieve social, economic, political and environmental justice.
UAF-Africa operates as a virtual organisation with an imprint across four African sub-regions. The Fund has a strategic and physical presence in East Africa: Nairobi, Kenya; Central Africa: Bujumbura, Burundi; North Africa: Cairo, Egypt; and Southern Africa: Harare, Zimbabwe. Funding urgently and strategically is a 24-hour and 365-day job. The Fund has acquired the expertise, tools and resilience needed to thrive in her operating environment.
Our high-tech funding mechanisms ensure that we respond to urgent requests within 24 hours, true to the name Urgent Action Fund-Africa. To date, the Fund has supported over 700 women's strategic initiatives in 48 African countries. Grant applications are accepted in the 5 African Union official languages (English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic).
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Day 3 of the #UAFOped workshop has begun. Theme for today is Connection! As we wrap up the workshop, we reflect on some of the key learnings
What is feminist writing? Writing that takes power seriously and works to reinscribe power with an intersectional approach #UAFOped
Resistance from within the media houses has be around issues of sexuality and sexual & reproductive rights - Muthoni Wanyeki #UAFOped
Catherine Gicheru reminding us to take the space that is often not afforded us in the media. Claim your space! #UAFOped
Panelist - Challenging the notion of expertise as imposed upon us by the Global North #UAFOped
Panelist - Recalling a time when breastfeeding was a highly contentious and political issue. Has much changed in the past 20 years? #UAFOped