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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.




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.

UAF A&P is taking a week of Pause - 24-28 May 2021

Submitted by on Tue, 05/18/2021 - 06:33

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.

Solidarity Statement on the COVID 19 crises in India and Papua New Guinea

Submitted by on Mon, 05/03/2021 - 11:01

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.