The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a call for proposals to identify successful and/or promising experiences in Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Family Violence (FV) prevention, response, reparations, institutional strengthening and data innovation to be showcased at an upcoming Knowledge Fair.
The Knowledge Fair “Empowering Voices, Ending Gender-Based Violence” is an innovative and culturally vibrant gathering that aims to tackle Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Caribbean. Organized under the auspices of the Spotlight Initiative Caribbean Regional Programme, the fair will take place from November 6th to 8th, 2023 in Bridgetown, Barbados.
The fair seeks to foster cooperation, partnerships, and knowledge exchange among governments, civil society, academia, and grassroots communities. This is an invitational event aimed at curating a compelling and diverse program of experiences and impactful initiatives. Through dynamic discussions, artistic expressions, and interactive sessions, the Knowledge Fair provides a platform for showcasing successful initiatives, celebrating actors, promoting cross-learning, and amplifying the impact of effective strategies.
Themes and Types of Experiences
- The themes for the knowledge fair will be curated by an Advisory Group, ensuring that the fair’s content reflects the most pressing issues and cutting-edge developments in GBV and FV prevention. The selected themes will guide the focus of the fair and align with the four key pillars of the Spotlight Regional Programme, emphasizing its commitment to addressing GBV root causes.
- The submitted experiences should comply the following characteristics:
- Experiences that are ongoing or launched within the last five years.
- Framed within at least one of the following areas:
- Experiences in Preventing Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Based Violence. It involves initiatives aimed at proactively stopping acts of violence, encompassing educational programs, cultural interventions, the transformation of societal norms, youth engagement, and collaboration with the private sector.
- Experiences in Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Based Violence. It pertains to actions and programs addressing the aftermath of violence, including the provision of shelter, institutional capacity strengthening, inter-agency coordination, the delivery of essential services, responses by police, justice, healthcare systems, hotlines, digital support mechanisms, and psycho-emotional assistance for victims reporting incidents.
- Experiences in Repairing the Harm of Violence Against Women and Girls and GenderBased Violence. It involves strategies to restore the well-being of survivors, which may include economic and socio-emotional recovery, support for the children of femicide victims, and improvements in the responsiveness of the justice system.
- Experiences in Legislation, Policies, and Institutional Strengthening for Comprehensive Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Based Violence. It encompasses efforts to enhance legal frameworks, policies, and the capabilities of organizations and institutions, aiming to create an environment conducive to addressing violence against women and girls effectively.
- Data and Innovation in Comprehensive Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls and Gender-Based Violence. It focuses on innovative approaches and data-driven solutions for tackling violence against women and girls, including data collection, prevalence surveys, prevention strategies, comprehensive response systems, and the incorporation of digital technologies.
Benefits of Participation
- Up to 20 proposals will be selected, and 1 to 2 representatives from these experiences will receive the following awards:
- Funded travel and accommodation to attend the Knowledge Fair: Empowering Voices, Ending GBV in Bridgetown, Barbados (November 6-8, 2023).
- A privileged physical space and dedicated sessions during the fair to present achievements and lessons learned.
- Opportunities for exchange and agreements with other countries and organizations in the region.
- Access to networking opportunities with other participants working in the field of GBV.
- By participating in the call for proposals, you will have the opportunity to showcase your impactful work, gain visibility, and contribute to regional efforts to combat GBV and FV.
- They look forward to your contributions and active engagement in shaping a knowledge fair that fosters collaboration, celebrates local successes, and advances the collective journey toward a Caribbean free from GBV.
- The experiences will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Innovation: Demonstrating novel and creative approaches in GBV prevention, mitigation, or response that challenge traditional methods and offer potential for transformative change.
- Coordination: Exhibiting effective collaboration and coordination among multiple stakeholders, organizations, and sectors to address GBV comprehensively and holistically.
- Intersectionality: Recognizing and addressing the intersecting forms of discrimination and violence, considering diverse identities and experiences, and ensuring inclusivity in GBV prevention strategies.
- Cultural Relevance: Tailoring approaches that can be adopted to the unique cultural contexts and norms of the Caribbean, ensuring that interventions are locally appropriate and resonate with affected communities.
- Replicability: Providing evidence of successful outcomes and transferable practices that can be adapted and implemented in different settings to scale up GBV prevention efforts.
- Sustainability: Assessing the potential for long-term continuation and impact of the proposed experience, taking into account factors such as resource availability, community engagement, and scalability.
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