Participants lit butter candles at the first Sustaining Activism workshop held in Kathmandu, Nepal in May 2008.




Participants in the Sustaining Activism Workshop for Latin American activists in Bogota, Colombia, in August 2008.



Grantee name: Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights

Mission: Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights (UAF) partners with women’s movements worldwide to support women’s human rights defenders striving to create cultures of justice, equality and peace. UAF is a global women’s fund that protects, strengthens and sustains women and transgender human rights defenders at critical moments. UAF intervenes quickly when activists are poised to make great gains or face serious threats to their lives and work. UAF uses online, text and mobile funding applications to respond to requests from women’s human rights defenders within 72 hours and have funds on the ground within 1-7 days.

Location: Oakland, CA, USA


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Channel Grants: Since 2010 Channel has made annual grants to UAF in order to support grassroots women’s groups working for peace, justice and women’s human rights in Asia via UAF's Rapid Response Grantmaking program. The grants also help support and strengthen UAF’s regional advisory network in Asia. (2010 to present)

Two books about UAF's Sustaining Activism Initiative, "What's the Point of Revolution if We Can't Dance?" (2007) by Jane Barry with Jelena Dordevic, and "Insiste, Persiste, Resiste, Existe: Women’s Human Rights Defenders’ Security Strategies (Resiste)" (2008) by Jane Barry and Vahida Nainar, are available on UAF's website in multiple languages.

Resiste is a tool that improves activists’ own ability to proactively mitigate threats, and that helps the funding community to understand ‘security’ from the vantage point of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the field. Resiste is the product of a joint partnership between UAF, Front Line-The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, and Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.

In 2008 Channel made a grant to UAF to support the integrated and comprehensive implementation of the next phase of the Sustaining Activism Initiative and also made a grant to support UAF’s Rapid Response Grantmaking in Afghanistan and/or Iraq. (2008)

In 2007 Channel made a grant to continue supporting UAF's action research project Protecting and Sustaining Activism of Women Human Rights Defenders. (2007)

In 2006 Channel made a grant to the Urgent Action Fund in order to support an action research project on Sustaining Activism of Women Human Rights Defenders and also made a grant to support UAF's Rapid Response Grantmaking in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. (2006)



Activists discussed their own protection, wellbeing and health in the Colombia workshop.


Participant in the workshop in Bogota.