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UAF A&P is a rapid response and feminist fund that mobilises and distributes resources to women and non-binary human rights defenders, activists and their movements to continue their work. We foster solidarity networks and critical connections to ensure activists feel safe, protected, cared for and supported. We offer grants quickly to individuals and organisations of up to $5,000, in any language, 365 days of the year.

Urgent Action Fund, Asia and Pacific (UAFA&P), as part of women’s rights movements worldwide, supports women’s rights activists striving to create cultures of justice, equality, and peace. We provide Rapid Response Grants to women and transgender human rights defenders that enable strategic interventions.

Rapid Response Grantmaking:

UAF Asia & Pacific is an independent fund that is deeply integrated within local networks in the regions. We are unique in that we make rapid response grants to women and non-binary human rights defenders across two regions. We accept applications for funding in any language, any day of the year, for up to USD $5000. Once submitted, applicants receive a response within 72 hours. If approved, the grant is delivered in 10-15 days.

We also provide resources beyond funding through our programmes, to support strong movements. Our distinctive approach is innovative; we learn and adapt quickly as we go. In addition to rapid response grants and holistic support to safety and well-being, we are also disrupting philanthropy by responding to the needs of activists and organisations in real time, then sharing that knowledge with our community. We bring over twenty years of experience as part of a global consortium of sister funds.

Enabling Defenders:

The programmes seeks to strengthen the webs of safety and care for women and non-binary human rights defenders. We engage with defenders and their networks to visibalise risks and threats beyond immediate physical threats and support them to create sustainable structures of safety and care.


Activating Philanthropy:

The Activating Philanthropy programmes harnesses a new vision for philanthropy in the two regions. It creates sharing communities of courage and care that provide sustained support to women and non-binary defenders through resources in multiple forms: funds, knowledge sharing, networks and volunteerism.




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

We are looking for a Digital Communications Facilitator

Submitted by on Wed, 08/04/2021 - 07:23

We seek a creative, visionary Digital Communications Facilitator (DCF) to join our team on a full-time basis. We are looking for someone who has creative confidence in communications, a strong design eye and ability to think outside the box when it comes to cultivating a compelling online identity and voice for UAF A&P. The person should be committed to defending human rights in Asia and the Pacific, with strong feminist values to lead and inspire UAF A&P and its community.

Growing UAF A&P: The Rhythms of Coordinated Gardeners

Submitted by on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 12:01

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.