Feminist Activism Without Fear: Facing Risks with Collective Power & Care is a campaign led by Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism


Feminist activists know best what risks they face and how to protect themselves and their movements. Feminist Activism Without Fear supports frontline feminists in sharing their individual and collective stories, strategies, and solutions with one another to better prevent, mitigate, and heal from the backlash they face. 


Feminist Activism Without Fear also offers movements, funders, and policymakers recommendations and resources to better support feminist activists in building sustainable networks of collective protection, healing, and care.


Credit: Nafisa Ferdous

Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism provides fast, flexible funding to women, trans, and non-binary activists who take and face enormous risks to challenge oppressive systems and build a more just and equitable world. Our holistic resources enable frontline feminist movements to respond to real-time threats and opportunities, protect and care for themselves and one another, and sustain and propel solutions to the most critical crises and injustices of our time.

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Centering Feminist Activist Voices

Centering Feminist Activist Voices

Feminist Activism Without Fear sprang from a series of conversations Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism had with grantee partners about the rise in—and expanded nature of—backlash against feminist activists. Urgent Action Fund for Feminist Activism then invited activists to share their insights and experiences, conducting additional interviews with human rights practitioners in the field. 

Feminist Activism Without Fear centers the stories, voices, and expertise of activists and movements across the Middle East, Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Turkey, Central Asia, Russia, Canada, and the United States. In most cases, names have been changed, while other identifying details such as country of origin are omitted to protect the identity of the activists, their organizations, and movements.

It continues to be a risk to speak out and stand up for too many. Thus, the voices represented here are a fraction of the many feminist activists who are facing and taking risks for a just world, around the world. We plan to incorporate additional activist voices and perspectives as the campaign grows. If you have a story to share, please contact us privately at urgentact@protonmail.com.

Join us as we support feminist activists and movements in centering collective care and building collective power—freely, without fear. 

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Most importantly, we would like to extend our deep gratitude to all of the activists and practitioners who have shared their powerful stories, insights, and reflections with us for this campaign. And thank you immensely to M. Alejandra Morena, who carefully and meticulously conducted interviews and research, and wrote the internal report upon which this campaign is drawn. Finally, so much appreciation to Tracy Chahwan, Nafisa Ferdous, and Karen Keyrouz, whose beautiful illustrations are thread throughout this site. This campaign is made possible thanks to the support and partnership of the Count Me In! Consortium.

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