Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia Pacific (UAF-AP) supports women,non-binary and trans* human rights defenders through rapid response grant making for their security and well-being, building of knowledge and capacities, mobilization of resources, and activating philanthropy for women’s human rights. UAF-AP’s Theory of Change is that by implementing their mission, then the resilience of these movements will grow to accelerate the advancement of gender equality and justice for women, girls, non-binary and trans* people.
Launch of the Urgent Action Fund - Asia and Pacific
2019: Channel made another two-year grant to support Urgent Action Fund Asia & Pacific (UAF-AP) via the Urgent Action Fund (UAF) fiscal sponsorship. Funds were used to support UAF-AP’s rapid response grants in the Asia-Pacific region. UAF-AP continued to develop their Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning System (MEAL) and furthers their outreach and network building.
UAF-AP rapid response grants provide critical timely support to women and non-binary defenders at risk via Security and Wellbeing, Resourcing Resilience, and Webs of Safety and Care grants.
2017: Channel made a two-year grant to support the launch and set-up of the newly independent Urgent Action Fund Asia & Pacific (UAF-AP), the newest sister fund of the Urgent Action Fund Consortium, and the first rapid response mechanism for women human rights defenders (WHRDs) headquartered within the Asia Pacific region.
UAF-AP was formally launched on October 24, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka and was set up to disburse rapid response grants to women and non-binary (lesbian, trans) human rights defenders for urgent threats or opportunities particularly in conflict and post-conflict affected countries. This was done through a multi-pronged strategy of ‘resourcing resilience,’ which is integrally linked to the agenda of building a ‘solidarity economy’ and requires a reimagining of cultures.
UAF-AP is strengthening a culture of philanthropy in the region via a new Women of Courage Asia Pacific (WoC-AP) network including donors and social entrepreneurs. By re-imagining cultures, UAF-AP is opening meaningful spaces of safety and creativity, and producing new language and references that could generate support, pride and care from the engaged public.
UAF-AP is also establishing a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning system that they hope will enable them to improve their rapid response grant making and update their plans, as needed.