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OUR APPROACH

Like the courageous women and non-binary human rights defenders that we work for and with, we are bold when it comes to how we operate. We move quickly and learn fast, using emergent learning to adapt our thinking and practice as we go. We are innovative, disruptive, and empathic funders who prioritize safety and care.

We support the resilience and resistance of movements led by women and non-binary human rights defenders in Asia and the Pacific by co-creating a safe environment for them to sustain their work and thrive.

In doing so, we are guided by feminist values that highlight collaboration and co-creation, and centers empathy, care, people and planet over profit.

We love to experiment, and we use emergent learning to help us strengthen our ability to reflect, learn, adapt and respond and strengthen our work. At every step, we ask ourselves: “What will it take to support the resilience and thriving of women and non-binary activists in Asia and the Pacific, and create a safe and caring environment that sustains their work?”

We believe that purpose and values driven experimentation can lead to breakthroughs that will lead us to the transformative change we ultimately seek. Our approach includes:

 

Taking a people-centered, holistic approach to resourcing.
We know that resilience is about physical, material and emotional care and wellbeing. We are as invested in resourcing the safety and security of human rights defenders and activists as we are in their wellbeing, their joy and thriving in the face of risks and beyond.

 

Evolving our feminist culture of care, co-leadership and solidarity. We believe in the mutuality between our own transformation and the resilience of activists and movements.
We do not implement programs or projects directly, rather we provide and leverage financial and nonfinancial resources for activists, movements and movement ecosystems.

 

Seeing ourselves as part of the movement for change.
As funders, we hold ourselves accountable for shifting the power dynamics between funder and grantee and between the global north and global south. This includes how, where, and from whom we raise money, and the daily interactions we have with activists and our donors. We respect their knowledge and honor their autonomy and dignity in all that we do.

 

Placing equal value on all parts of our work.
Our interrelated work includes grantmaking, the co-creation of spaces for reflection and rejuvenation, influencing philanthropy, supporting stronger webs of safety and care among activists and strengthening the institutional systems and culture we need to resource this work.

WHAT’S NEW

We celebrate International Women Human Rights Defenders Day with this tribute - UAF A&P's herstory

Submitted by on Sat, 11/27/2021 - 04:38

Over the past four years, UAF A&P has been learning and evolving as a regional feminist fund supporting the resistance and resilience of women and non-binary human rights defenders of Asia and the Pacific. We are often asked who we are and what we do, and this video is a conversation starter - we hope activists and defenders we support are able to seee themselves represented and their situations and contexts highlighted.

We continue to stand in solidarity and co-responsibility to support and sustain feminist activists and their movement building.

We are hiring

Submitted by on Tue, 10/26/2021 - 06:01

UAF A&P is expanding our grants team. There is one position that we are recruiting for:

We are looking for a Rapid Response Grant Facilitator who can support the team to increase our grant making across Asia and the Pacific, co-create spaces for connection and reflection with activists and defender communities that we work with, and also increase outreach to the marginalised groups.

When a Pandemic Tested Our Resistance and Resilience | UAF A&P Annual Report 2020

Submitted by on Tue, 08/17/2021 - 10:56

UAF A&P dedicates this report to the brave women, girls and non-binary human rights defenders and activists of Afghanistan.  We extend our solidarity to them in this difficult hour of their lives. If you would like to contribute to support them, click here