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UN Women seeking Proposals for Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund & Spotlight Initiative Partnership in Afghanistan

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted October 5, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on November 5, 2020

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of  Women (UN Women) is inviting  proposals for its Women’s  Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) & Spotlight Initiative Partnership that aims to channel  funding to civil society  organizations working on eliminating violence against women and girls (EVAWG) in conflict-affected and humanitarian settings.

The WPHF is a global pooled funding mechanism which aims to re-energize action and stimulate a significant increase in financing for women’s participation,  leadership, and empowerment in peace and security processes and humanitarian response.

The Spotlight Initiative intends to bring the issue of ending violence against women and girls at the front and centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Funding Streams
Funding stream 1: Institutional funding: from 2,500 USD to 30,000 USD.
Funding stream 2: Programmatic funding: from 30,000 USD to 200,000 USD.

Outcome Areas of the Spotlight Initiative:
Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant civil society organizations, including those representing youth and groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination / marginalization, more effectively influence and advance progress on GEWE and ending VAWG, including SGBV/HP.

Outcome Areas of the WPHF:
Ensuring that women and girls’ safety, physical and mental health and security are assured and their human rights  respected, requires measures that prevent acts of violence.

Women’s funds are particularly encouraged to apply to expand the reach of the funding to a broader cross-section of civil society.

Women’s funds that are not registered in the country of implementation may apply in partnership with a locally registered implementing partner as the lead applicant.

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Eligibility Criteria
1. International, national and local women- led, women’s rights, feminist, or civil society organizations with a proven track record working with women and girls, in Afghanistan;
2. Grassroots and local community-based organizations;
3. Joint projects are allowed and encouraged.
4. To be considered a “Women’s Rights or Feminist Organization,” the organization’s official mission / vision statement must reflect its commitment to addressing multiple / intersecting forms of discrimination and advancing gender equality and women’s rights.
5. The organization must aim to address the underlying drivers/systems/structures, including patriarchy and gendered power dynamics, those that perpetuate gender-based violence, and work to transform these.
6. “Women-led organization” must be headed by a woman as director/head of organization.
7. Other CSOs must demonstrate experience in addressing violence against women and girls, gender inequalities and/or women’s rights.

Application deadline: November 6, 2020.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Nov 02
Nov 02

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Jill Langhus
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thanks, Ana.