The Women, Voice and Leadership South Africa (WVL-SA) has announced a call for applications for the Women Voice and Leadership Gender and Disability to enhance the rights of persons with disability in South Africa.
Through this grant the WVL-SA fund proposes to support persons with disabilities raise their voices, be visible and influence decisions where policies, budgets and laws are developed. They strive to promote leadership of persons with disabilities and see them drive the agenda at community, provincial and national level.
The increased enjoyment of equal rights and opportunities of persons with disability is key to the WVL-SA funds as, women with disabilities are often among the most vulnerable and marginalised groups lacking access to education, meaningful employment, health services, adequate food and clean water to drink.
Focus areas that can be considered under this disability rights advocacy funding include but are not restricted to:
- Health and wellbeing: improved access to health care by women with disabilities;
- Inclusiveness of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights to women and girls with disability;
- Education: Advancing the rights or improved access to education for children with special needs (hearing impairments, deafness and blindness, etc.);
- Support to women and girls with disabilities subject to Sexual and Gender Based Violence;
- Increased political participation of persons with disabilities (person – focus on women and girls? And LGBTI+?);
- Improved access to public information (for whom and on what?); Work and economic empowerment for whom?
- Better access to justice for whom?
- Paid and unpaid care work by women carers of persons with disability
The minimum amount available for the Gender and Disability Grants is R300,000 and the maximum amount is R600,000.
The following types of entities, subject to having legal standing for operating in South Africa, and to having reasonable and relevant experience, are eligible to apply for WVL Grants:
- Women’s movement-networks/coalitions/alliances at both national and local levels.
- Women’s organisations at both national and local levels.
- Women’s groups based in local communities (Community Based Organisations).
- Community leaders (activists and organisers) at both national and local levels with reasonable experience and proven track record.
To be successful grant proposals must demonstrate that the action is at least one of the following:
- A strategic action that promotes women’s rights and gender equality for persons with disability;
- An innovative initiative that addresses a critical systemic challenge related to disability.
- A critical intervention that facilitates wider change related to disability.
- An initiative led by persons with disability.
- In the case of a new organisation, the funds may serve as an incubation function, helping a promising start-up organisation focusing on gender and disability to find its feet.
For more information, visit http://www.wvlsa.org.za/grants/multi-year-core-grants/