UN Women calls for a proposal from a national civil society organisation working closely with female sex workers/ sex workers coalition that has the operational capacity to work with female sex workers/ networks and ability to support them to further build their capacity and generate advocacy for their human rights.
The proponents submitting proposals should be legally registered civil society organization (CSOs) specialized on advancing women’s rights in Bangladesh. A consortium of partners may apply with one partner applying as the lead agency. The agreement and structure between the consortium members should be clearly outlined in the proposal, including the division of roles and responsibilities.
The overall purpose of the assignment is for a CSO or a coalition of partners to support female sex workers, strengthening their voice and agency through advocacy with duty bearers for enhancing access to alternative livelihood options and other essential services.
- The results of this assignment will contribute to the UN Women Bangladesh’s existing outcome and outputs as envisaged in the strategic note and specifically aligned with the following outcome under Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) thematic area.
- Outcome: By 2026, more people in Bangladesh, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized from all gender and social groups and those from lagging districts benefit from sustainable livelihood and decent work opportunities resulting from responsible, inclusive, sustainable, green, and equitable economic development.
- UN Women will guide and provide advisory support to selected women led CSO/ Network to achieve the following outputs:
- Output 1: Strengthened capacity, voice and agency of female sex workers/ coalition to build leadership and create a space for collective advocacy/ actions for their human and economic rights.
- Activity1.1: Conduct Needs assessment (socioeconomic needs) of female sex workers (with special emphasize on the needs of street based young girls and older women) including sex worker’s networks/ coalition and identify gaps (services, policy, rules) to address their needs (education, health, economic and legal aid, and human rights).
- Activity 1.2: Mapping of existing service providers (public and private) for the female sex workers in order to address their needs (e.g., education, health, economic and legal aid, and human rights).
- Activity 1.3: Design an advocacy and capacity building interventions for the sex workers/networks/ coalition based on the needs identified through assessment.
- Activity 1.4: Support sex worker’s networks/ coalition to build capacity of sex workers through leadership and life skills (financial literacy, IT skills and alternative livelihood skills)
- The budget range for this proposal should be (Min.USD15000 – Max.20,000 USD)
- The implementation period is 12 months with starting date of 15th July 2023 and completion date to be 14th of June 2024
- The call for proposals encourages innovative initiatives aimed strategically at promoting human rights of female sex workers. The lead partner applying on behalf of the consortium/coalition should be legally registered in Bangladesh. The agreement and structure between the consortium members should be clearly outlined in the proposal, including the division of roles and responsibilities. The lead partner shall ensure that each consortium/coalition member agrees in writing to be bound by the terms and conditions of the Partner Agreement relevant to the portion of the work or services to be performed by such.
- Extensive experience in working on the women’s rights issues, including in human rights of vulnerable groups of women.
- Experience in developing and implementing advocacy, capacity building and strategies for sex workers rights and services.
- Track record of working with and organizing women who are most excluded and marginalized by the society.
- Previous work experience with the sex workers network would be an added advantage.
- Relevant experience in partnership with UN Women or other UN Agencies, government, CSOs networks and other development actors would be an advantage.
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