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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

Steering Towards New Feminist Horizons The UAF A&P Strategy Plan 2021-2023

Submitted by on Mon, 02/22/2021 - 07:10

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.

Urgent Action Fund Asia and Pacific is Seeking a Co-Lead for Programmes and Innovation

Submitted by on Mon, 02/22/2021 - 06:03

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Asia and Pacific (UAF A&P) is looking for a visionary, bold, and strategic leader to join its executive Co-Lead team. We are seeking someone who is committed to defending human rights in Asia and the Pacific, with strong feminist values to lead and inspire UAF and its community.

We envision the Co-Lead to be a person rooted in Asian feminist, women’s, and non-binary human rights defenders’ movements, with an established experience of showing authentic confidence and collaborative leadership.