UN Women: Increased Access to Services for Woman and Girl Survivors of Violence and Implementation of Prevention Initiatives in Turkey


Deadline: 28 February 2019

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is currently inviting civil society organizations/non-governmental organizations working on gender equality and ending violence against women from a women’s rights perspective to submit proposals that aim at:

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  • Activity 1) Implementing innovative strategies that contribute to communities’ greater understanding of favourable attitudes and behaviours towards gender equality and ending violence against women
  • Activity 2) Promoting the right of women to receive information about general and specialist support services available for women victims of violence and discrimination, as well as their right to access these services.

Proposed Intervention(s) and Expected Results

  • For Activity 1:
    • Proposals should, inter alia:
      • Provide innovative approaches to expose targeted populations throughout Turkey and during the whole duration of the programme to messages that challenge harmful gender stereotypes.
      • Focus on awareness-raising activities that cover at least one form of violence against women indicated in the Istanbul Convention.
      • Contribute to increasing the capacities of other civil society organizations, especially community-based organizations and organizations that will become involved in campaigns, and to the organization of awareness-raising activities that address harmful gender stereotypes.
      • Explore collaboration with and involvement of key relevant local actors, including municipalities.
      • Target communities that include women, girls, men, and boys.
      • Explore the potential contribution of social marketing tools (e.g., audience segmentation, objective setting, message and programme development, channel and tool selection, etc.) and methodologies (i.e., combining communication approaches, behavioural change theories, and formative research, which is grounded upon a methodology that incorporates interpersonal communication, community engagement and mobilization, and policy advocacy) to the design of effective interventions that address gender stereotypes.
    • Proposals under this activity will utilize and contribute to the advocacy innovation facility, Gender Lab, which is established to support CSOs in Turkey and other countries in the region. Gender Lab tests new and innovative advocacy initiatives that aim to eliminate gender stereotypes.
  • For Activity 2:
    • The planned interventions will focus on promoting the right of women to receive information about available general and specialist support services for survivors of violence. Furthermore, planned interventions will promote access to those services, address state and non-state service providers’ capacity building needs, and develop models for the establishment of non-existing services in line with the Istanbul Convention (e.g., rape crisis centres, risk assessment and management mechanisms, etc.). Proposals should aim that:
      • Provision of services is based on a gendered understanding of violence, is not dependent on the survivors’ decision to press charges, and targets survivors’ empowerment.
      • Information provided to survivors is comprehensive, practical and tailor-made to ensure their immediate access to support and to guide them with accurate information through their decision-making process.
      • Support services are offered in a wide spectrum and are in line with the Istanbul Convention’s quality standards.

Funding Information

Proposals for each component must fall between a minimum indicative amount of USD 60,000 and a maximum amount of USD 70,000. Currency exchange into local currency will be calculated using the UN Operational Exchange Rate as per date of the submission of the proposal.

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Duration of Project

From April 2019 to December 2019 (tentatively)

Eligible Applicants

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  • Rights-based organizations that are legally registered in Turkey and have specialized knowledge and expertise, as well as a track record of working in women’s human rights and ending violence against women (EVAW) programming, including but not limited to: non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations and advocacy networks (at national or sub-national level).
  • Other CSOs that are legally registered in Turkey and have previous experience in a) provision of services to survivors of violence and/or b) engaging with communities on changing gender harmful stereotypes

Important Notes

  • Proposals from more than one organization or entity must clearly indicate which organization will take lead responsibility for project management and contractual obligations.
  • Transfer of funds by the applicant organization to UN Agencies, private sector entities, international NGOs and international organizations will not be allowed.
  • UN Women will sign contracts with and disburse funds to the applicant organization only.
  • Eligible organizations currently partnering with UN Women may apply under this call for proposals.

How to Apply

Organizations that wish to participate in this Call for Proposals are requested to send all required application documents in one email to the address given on the website indicating in the e-mail subject: EVAW – CfP Turkey Increased access to services.

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For more information, please visit http://eca.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2019/02/call-for-proposals-increased-access-to-services-for-woman-and-girl-survivors-of-violence

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