by Mary Jane N. Real and Virisila BuadromoIn a real garden, we confess, we’re not much of gardeners. But we were part of the collective that seeded Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia and the Pacific (UAF A&P). We toiled like the burgeoning urban plantitas or literally “plant aunties” that took to raising mini-gardens in pots and bottles, or minuscule backyards or balconies at the height of the Covid 19 pandemic.
We hope you are safe and healthy, and coping well with the difficult times we find ourselves in.
Since 2020, UAF A&P team members too have been functioning amid repeated lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with some countries, such as India, Nepal and Papua New Guinea more severely affected than others. As you probably are aware, we have several staff members working out of these countries, while others have been steadily facilitating grants or raising resources for the different needs mentioned by activists and defenders across Asia and the Pacific.
The Urgent Action Fund Asia and Pacific expresses its solidarity with India and Papua New Guinea, experiencing the deadly impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We join the international community that is currently mobilising resources and supporting communities of women and non-binary human rights defenders, as they battle the current waves of COVID-19.
The UAF Sister Funds are deeply saddened by the news that our Sister, Tatiana Cordero Velásquez, the Executive Director of Urgent Action Fund - Latin America & Caribbean, has passed away due to complications while undergoing medical treatment. She brought a deep spirituality to her lifelong work as a feminist activist, scholar, mother, and leader of Urgent Action Fund-LAC. Tatiana’s legacy for feminist movements and funders across the globe is profound and will continue to shape our analysis and action.
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Asia and Pacific (UAF A&P) is looking for a short-term contractor to support our Rapid Response Grant Facilitator in the administration and logistics of the RRG programme.
For more details on the position, please read the Terms of Reference here.
Last date to apply is 31 March 2021
This position is a remote one, but the persons applying for it need to be based in Asia or the Pacific.
It's a new year, and we have a new lens with which to view our work and purpose. Presenting 'Steering Towards New Feminist Horizons', the UAF A&P Strategy Plan for 2021-2023!
We wish to thank the courageous feminists, women and non-binary human rights defenders and activists whose insights helped us map our journey over the next three years. This plan acts as a bamboo scaffolding that strongly supports our collective work and vision and has the flexibility and strength of bamboo to bend and adapt to the changing pathways and winds that we may encounter on our way.
In 2019, Urgent Action Fund, Asia and Pacific and Fiji Women's Fund commissioned a study to assess the funding realities for Pacific women oganisations. As a result of interviews with over 40 organisations, that included donors, funders, and grantee organisations, and research of available data from multilateral and bilateral donors active in the Pacific, this study brings together the trends, patterns and recommendations on how more resources can be mobilised for Pacific organisations working on gender and rights-based work.
What feminists from 34 countries conspired together to produce - a feminist funding manifesto on how to Resource Strengthening of Feminist Movements in Asia and the Pacific. This feminist manifesto is the result of a unique convergence, Revolutionising Philanthropy, which was organised by Prospera International's eight women's fund members of of Asia and the Pacific, facilitated a shared vision for feminist funding that is flexible and transformative for these regions.