Filia has launched call for proposals for the Empowerment Program for Refugee Women to support groups, activities, and projects in Germany that focus, for example, on political participation, activism, networking, rights, individual development, and empowerment. It could be political actions or campaigns, legal support, community work, or peer-to-peer workshops.
Different people can also participate in the projects – but refugee and migrant women should decide and be the focus. Filia supports projects by and with women and girls that promote social change.#
- Short-term grant:
- Are you a small or recently formed group? Then you can apply for between 1,000 and 5,000 Euro for activities between December 2020 and June 2021. In total, filia will give 50,000 Euros to about ten groups.
- Strategic grant:
- Are you a larger group or organization that has existed for a longer period of time? For the structural development of your work, networking, and community building you can apply for 20,000 Euro for the period from December 2020 to July 2022. Filia gives this funding to two groups.
What is the Funding for?
- It is important that not only the symptoms of inequality and oppression are treated but it also wants to support groups that want to achieve structural change in society. It is important that individual situations improve, that women believe in themselves and fight together for structural change.
- Make sure you focus on what you need money for. You can use the grant for many things: Travel expenses/ tickets/ petrol, food, fees, child care, rent, interpreting, printing costs, technical or other materials. Apply for what you need and want to do.
Criteria for Funding
- Self-organization by refugee and migrant women
- Refugee and migrant women, inter, trans, queer and non-binary people decide and shape the groups and activities themselves. They know that many do not like to be called “refugee” or “migrant”. They are open to developing better words with you.
- Through the activities, women feel strong and can improve their situations. They see that there are many people who face similar things and problems. They stand up for their rights and know that they can play a role in society.
- When people are disadvantaged for more than one reason, they are intersectionally discriminated against. For example, if women are disadvantaged not only as women, but also because they are, for example, Black or of color (BIPOC), not born in Germany, or religious, because they have a disability or because of their gender or sexual orientation.
- This is a reason why they write “women*” and “women, inter, trans, queer and non-binary people”. They do this because there are not just two, but a diversity of genders. People are often discriminated against because they do not fit the distinction woman/man. The program is for them as well.
- Peer-to-peer here means the exchange between people affected by several, but not necessarily always the same, forms of discrimination. They share their knowledge with each other, for example, or talk about experiences and solutions.
- Rural Areas
- People and groups living in rural areas or small towns are often more isolated and have greater difficulty to organize themselves.
- Groups work together and people get to know each other.
- The activities contribute to making refugee women, inter, trans, queer and non-binary people more visible. For example, by creating public awareness for their life situations, but also their potential and role in society.
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