WHRDs and THRDs (women's and trans human rights defenders) are leaders in their communities, mobilizing new generations of activists and creating pathways to equality for women and girls everywhere.
The Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights is a global women's fund that protects, strengthens, and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments. We intervene quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work.
We use online, text and mobile funding applications to respond to requests from women's human rights defenders within 72 hours and have funds on the ground within 1-7 days.
We build the resilience of women's rights and LBTQI rights movements across the globe in three ways:
We are known for the responsiveness of our grantmaking and strongly believe flexible grantmaking that supports the creativity and vision of local grassroots activists is the best way to effect systemic change. We do not tell our grantees what they should be doing. We provide them with resources integral to their resilience.
[Watch video]: Mobilizing quickly with support from Urgent Action Fund, Krystyna and her colleagues organized upwards of 90,000 people to the streets of Warsaw for #BlackFriday protests in March 2018 opposing damaging abortion laws in Poland.