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Strengthening Women’s Participation in Workforce (United States)

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 11, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 24, 2021
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The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects that enable women workers to participate more fully in the workforce.

Women, half of the global workforce, face multiple barriers to their full and equal participation at work, limiting their economic contributions over the course of their lives.

Numerous studies have shown that barriers to women’s participation in the workforce stifle national economies – that an increase in women’s labor force participation results in faster and more inclusive economic growth, and that increasing the share of household income controlled by women changes spending in ways that benefit their families and communities.

Improving work conditions and addressing constraints to workforce participation for vulnerable women workers is one step toward unleashing women’s economic potential in order to maximize global economic growth and stability. Increasing women’s economic participation throughout their lives strengthens prospects for economic growth, and benefits families, communities, and countries.

The challenges that women face are unique and often not taken into account when groups advocate for worker rights, creating safe work environments, and developing leadership skills.

Utilize This Offer

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) welcomes applications in response to DRL Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) from:
1. U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations / non-government organizations (NGOs);
2. Public international organizations;
3. Private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and
4. For-profit organizations or businesses.

DRL’s preference is to work with non-profit entities; however, there may be occasions when a for-profit entity is best suited.

The challenges that women face are unique and often not taken into account when groups advocate for worker rights, creating safe work environments, and developing leadership skills.

Challenges that face women include:
• unequal pay and lack of wage transparency;
• discrimination in hiring and job evaluation;
• gender-discriminatory personal status laws limiting freedom of movement;
• women’s ability to work outside the home without a male guardian’s permission;
• family demand and expectations;
• gender-based violence and harassment;
• safe and accessible transportation;
• lack of parental leave and affordable care for children and family;
• inadequate representation in worker organizations;
• inflexible or unpredictable hours and scheduling;
• unsafe and unsanitary work conditions.

Funding Information
Award Ceiling: USD$1,900,000.
Award Floor: USD$1,000,000.

Closing Date for Applications: May 25, 2021 .

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 11
Apr 11

Friendly reminders:
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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
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e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
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8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 12
Apr 12

Thanks, Ana! Sounds wonderful!


Thank you Ana