Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia Pacific (UAF-AP) supports women and trans* human rights defenders through rapid response 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 and trans* people.
Urgent Action Fund sets up home in Asia & Pacific
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 is being 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 will be done through a multi-pronged strategy towards ‘resourcing resilience,’ which is integrally linked to the agenda of building a ‘solidarity economy’ and requires a reimagining of cultures. Rapid Response grants will therefore come in the form of Security and Wellbeing, Resourcing Resilience, and Webs of Safety and Care grants.
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.