Urgent Action Fund partners with women’s movements worldwide to support women’s human rights defenders striving to create cultures of justice, equality and peace.

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.

Urgent Action Fund builds the resilience of women’s rights and LGBT rights movements in three ways:

  • Rapid Response Grantmaking: We award rapid response grants to women and transgender human rights defenders in Asia, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, and North America. Activists apply for grants of up to $5,000 USD in any language on any day of the year and are guaranteed a response within 72 hours.
  • Advocacy & Alliance-Building: We leverage the power we have as a funder to advocate for women and transgender human rights defenders.
  • Global Consortium of Urgent Action Funds: We are one of three Urgent Action Funds. Together with our sister funds: Urgent Action Fund-Africa and Urgent Action Fund-Latin America, we collectively support women and girls’ activism globally.