APWLD is currently inviting grassroots women’s organizations and movements in Asia and the Pacific to take part in this exciting Feminist Participatory Action Research (FPAR) programme that aims to develop tools and resources that support rural, indigenous, migrant and urban poor women (RIMUP) to monitor, engage and influence development policies that impacting them.
To support RIMUP women to become powerful advocates and build their movements to assert their rights to peace and democratic participation in pursuit of development justice.
- Specific Objectives
- Develop the capacity of 8-10 organizations and women in the communities to document, investigate, and analyse the situations of RIMUP women on the various forms of deprivation and violation of women’s rights to peace and democratic rights, and the ways by which women defend and advance their rights;
- Foster knowledge and resources on the impacts of globalisation, fundamentalisms, militarisation, and patriarchy on RIMUP women in the region in the context of their right to peace and democratic participation for learning exchanges and support to movements;
- Establish strategic advocacy plans and opportunities to advance women’s rights to peace and democratic participation at the national, regional and international levels;
- Strengthen institutional development of partner organizations through leadership development and movement building.
Focus Areas of the FPAR
- APWLD will support local organizations and their communities to conduct FPAR on “Amplifying Marginalised Women’s Voices and Strengthening Movements for Women’s Rights to Peace and Democratic Participation.” This collaborative work aims to increase evidence-based advocacy, amplify women’s voices and build the capacity to be effective organisers, advocates, and campaigners for women’s human rights.
For 2020-2022, the FPAR will focus on the impacts of militarism and the suppression of democratic spaces on women’s right to peace and democratic participation, as well as the actions and strategies that women are taking to defend and advance their rights. The FPAR notes that, per the UN General Assembly Resolution on the “Declaration on the Right to Peace, “everyone has the right to enjoy peace such that all human rights are promoted and protected and development is fully realised,” and that the “cause of peace require(s) the maximum participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields.”
- The 8-10 participating organizations are expected to be directly representing RIMUP women or working with grassroots women’s organizations with experience in advocating on the issues discussed in the selected focus area.
- Two participants from each organization will form a team to conduct FPAR and evidence-based advocacy using the skills they learned from APWLD-organised trainings;
- The team shall consist of one (1) young woman researcher (below 35) and one (1) mentor from the same organization – one of whom must be from the community involved in the research;
- Participating organizations should have experience in organizational work and advocacy for women’s human rights and commitment to women’s movement.
- APWLD will provide the partner organizations with a small sub-grant to employ a young woman researcher and carry out the research including salary and on-costs with the approximate amount of US$ 13,000.
- APWLD will also support the young women researchers and their mentors to participate in capacity building workshops and provide advocacy or network opportunities. They will access training in International Human Rights standards and rights-based approach in their area of research. Through a combination of face-to-face and online modules, they will share the frameworks within their communities, learn practical research skills, and develop a community-based research plan.
Selection Criteria of the Research Partners:
APWLD will select 8-10 women’s organizations to lead the FPAR on women’s rights to peace and democratic participation. They are seeking non-governmental, non-profit, grassroots-based organizations. APWLD will consider the following when selecting the organizations for this process:
- Sub-regional representation;
- Recommendations/ references from APWLD members;
- Diversity of women groups e.g. rural, indigenous, migrant, urban poor and other marginalised women groups in Asia and the Pacific.
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