This Initiative seeks to elevate intersectional advocacy and response to end gender-based violence by resourcing:
- Efforts that secure the safety and rights of people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual expression (SOGIESC); and/or
- Efforts that center feminist climate justice and its link to GBV; and/or
- Efforts to prevent and respond to GBV for women and girls with disabilities.
- Through this initiative, UN Women seeks to support and resource:
- Civil society advocacy efforts that advance the safety of people of diverse sexual orientation and gender identities (SOGI) from gender-based violence, discrimination, and harm;
- Civil society advocacy efforts that advance prevention and response efforts to genderbased violence for women and girls with disabilities and/or
- Civil society advocacy efforts that link gender-based violence with a feminist-informed approach to climate justice.
- Eligible civil society organisations will be invited to submit a Small Grant proposal for capacity strengthening ranging from a minimum of $5,000 USD to a maximum of $15,000 USD (or local currency equivalent) to be spent within a six-month (6 month) period.
How they resource?
- This opportunity’s approach to resourcing is conducted through three interwoven components designed to create space for all that are eligible and interested:
- Small Grants (funding): Eligible organisations are invited to submit a proposal for a specific project linked to the objectives ranging from a minimum of $5,000 USD to a maximum of $15,000 USD (or local currency equivalent) to be spent within six-month period. UN Women’s Small Grants are designed to support an organisation’s institutional and organizational strengthening and capacity development.
- Capacity-building and learning: All eligible organisations will have the option to participate in the Pacific Feminist Community of Practice convened by DIVA for Equality. This forum – led by and for feminists and those working on gender-based violence – is a space for civil society to strengthen movement building, advance analysis and build skills.
- Networking and Thought partnership: All eligible organisations will be welcomed to engage in the Pacific Feminist Community of Practice, a civil society space to connect, dialogue and facilitate thought partnership on mechanisms to end gender-based violence. A note on digital/virtual organizing COVID-19 has drastically shifted the ways that people and organisations engage with each other. This opportunity seeks to intentionally center the role of digital/virtual organizing, advocacy and relationship-building in a manner that supports civil society organisations to safely engage in virtual spaces.
- UN Women’s Small Grants can be used for activities that facilitate and develop a civil society organization’s systems, personnel, strategic direction, ability to achieve their objectives, ability to increase their accountability to their target communities etc.
- For example, specific to this call on resourcing intersectional advocacy and response to gender-based violence, activities can include, but are not limited to strengthening advocacy efforts; fostering coalition-building; building issue-based advocacy platforms; building organizational internal/institutional capacities; learning and capacity-building for workforce and networks; adapting gender-based violence services and referrals to better serve survivors amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic; and advancing an intersectional analysis on what is required to end gender-based violence.
- UN Women’s Small Grants cannot be used to fund the provision of direct services, resource and organization’s operating/running costs unrelated to a proposed activity or fund the procurement of large assets, such as a vehicle. While the small grant can be used to purchase equipment, the total allocation for this cannot exceed 30% of the total grant amount or $5,000 USD (whichever is lower). They encourage applicants to assess any I.T. needs and use this budget for necessary I.T. equipment.
- Cook Islands
- Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI)
- Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)
- Solomon Islands
- Small Grants are for smaller, emerging civil society organisations. Small Grants are not open to government partners or more established civil society organisations that have the capacity to seek larger funds. Civil society organisations must be legally registered and operational for a minimum of 3 years to receive a Small Grant. Organisations that are not registered or registered for less than 3 years can still participate in this opportunity! For example, organisations can apply as part of a consortium. The applicant is a registered CSO in operation for at least three years.
- The applicant is not on the Consolidated UN Security Council Sanctions List.
- The applicant is not being investigated for fraud, corruption, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or other wrongdoing;
- The applicant is not currently in a Partnership Agreement with UN Women or has not been engaged with UN Women in a Partnership Agreement any time after November 2019
- If a previous Partner, the applicant has a prior positive working experience for UN Women implemented projects.
- The applicant is not a government entity, a UN organisation or an established CSO with the capacity to be engaged as a Partner.
- The applicant has sufficient capacity to collaborate with various stakeholders.
- The applicant has sufficient financial stewardship, including having adequate financial policies and procedures in place to manage the small grant; and,
- The applicant’s past performance has been deemed satisfactory (if the CSO has received funding from UN Women before).
For more information, visit https://www.svri.org/news/call-expression-interest-small-grants-intersectional-feminist-advocacy-and-end-gender-based