Assassination of Marielle Franco: Solidarity Message

Assassination of Feminist Activist–Marielle Franco

Urgent Action Fund-Africa stands in solidarity with our Afro Brazilian and Latin American sisters, as well as all women’s human rights defenders (WHRDs) at this trying time of mourning the gruesome murder of Marielle Franco. …




Nyaradzai Gumbodzvanda – Recognised for championing campaign on end to child marriage

No one better understands the silencing and exclusion that women and girls face than those who have lived the experience, and no one is better able to propose solutions that respond to these lived realities than those that are going …




Mariam Armisen Ouagadougou-Recognised for championing minority rights in Francophone West Africa

In Francophone West Africa, a law in most penal codes in the region, which related to identity theft, is used against trans individuals, particularly trans women. A simple trip in the daytime as a trans woman can have severe repercussion …




Recognised for using arts as a powerful tool for resistance

Public spaces are shrinking for women’s rights activists and others to thrive; legal, participatory and policy spaces continue to shrink as each day dawns for civil societies and organisations. Activists continuously receive threats that impede their mobility, with some being …




Protecting women’s dignity in the face of grave threat

In January 2015, protesters in Cairo, Egypt took to the streets for a peaceful demonstration meant to mark the fourth anniversary of Egypt’s Arab Spring uprising. Organised by Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the demonstration was set out to be a …




Promoting economic justice for women in Kenya

Lydia Mukami is one of the women human rights defenders in Kenya. She was threatened and assaulted for her activism to improve the economic wellbeing of women farmers in Mwea agricultural scheme.

Farmers have long decried the policies and management …