What Opportunities exist for NGOs working for the empowerment of women and girls?

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Updated November 20, 2018

NGOs working (and also those not working) for the empowerment of women and girls know how important it is to integrate gender equality in the work they are doing. Whether it is a human rights project or an agriculture-based livelihood development program, all forms of interventions have to ensure equal participation of women and men for equitable development.

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Gender equality is Goal 5 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but it is also true that all the SDGs cannot be achieved without achieving this particular goal. Discrimination against women and girls exists in all walks of life. Policies to promote gender equality do not exist in many countries and there are various forms of socio-economic conditions that violate the basic rights of women and girls in developing countries.

The United Nations recognizes the vital role played by NGOs in advancing gender equality, women’s rights, and empowerment. Several donor agencies offer grant opportunities for NGOs that promote women and girls’ rights, in part or full, but the integration of gender equality is critical for all aspects of intervention.

Water for Women Fund: Request for Proposals for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)
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EU Call for Proposals to support civil society in protection and promotion of human rights
The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for its European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) program 2018 to support civil society in protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide…[more]

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Awards to Promote the Advancement of Gender Equality in Sport
For women, men or organisations who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women’s participation in sport…[more]

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The Feminist Open Government Initiative Call for Proposals
Applications are open for ‘The Feminist Open Government Initiative’ to enhance women’s participation and gender throughout OGP’s work…[more]

Maecenia Foundation Grant Program: Promoting Pioneering Projects of Women
The Maecenia Foundation is seeking applications for its grant program to promote pioneering projects of women in all areas of science, art and culture….[more]

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2019 Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program
Women’s Leadership Accelerator Program which is a yearlong intensive program that supercharges the leadership and management skills of women who are pushing digital innovation…[more]

Support for Local Organizations for Women’s Rights
Comic Relief recently announced “Power Up: Resourcing Women’s And Girls’ Movements for Change” that aims to support organizations fight against systems which perpetuate the injustices they encounter in their daily lives…[more]

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EU Prize for Women Innovators 2019
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, have launched the 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators at the Web Summit in Lisbon…[more]

Reporting Grants on Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice in the Americas
The International Women’s Media Foundation and the Women’s Equality Center are seeking applications for its Reporting Grants to support reporting focused on reproductive health, rights and justice in the Americas…[more]

Thomas Reuters Foundation’s Gender and Equality Program
Thomas Reuters Foundation’s is organizing the Gender and Equality Program which includes workshops with practical exercises offered by the Foundation in any part of the world to give participants an insight…[more]

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World Bank Group’s “SDGs & Her Competition” for Women Entrepreneurs
The World Bank Group with partnership of Wharton School’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Women are seeking applications for its “SDGs & Her Competition for Women Entrepreneurs”…[more]

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The Finnish Government’s International Gender Equality Prize 2019
Nominations are now open for the Finnish Government’s International Gender Equality Prize 2019 which will be awarded for the second time in autumn 2019, can go to a person or organisation working to promote gender equality in an internationally significant way…[more]

2019 WWSF Prize for Women’s Creativity in Rural Life
The Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) is currently inviting applicants for its 26th annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life in order to honor and award creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the world working to improve the quality of life and empower rural communities…[more]

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Technovation Challenge 2019: Seeking Young Girls around the World
Applications are open for 2019 Technovation Challenge for teams of girls from all over the world to learn and apply the skills needed to solve real-world problems through technology. Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders…[more]

  • Avatar Nomnikelo Ndabeni says:

    I would like to receive this fund we are a Traditional Dance Group with women and boys

  • Avatar Dr NARAYANASWAMY R says:

    Respected Sir /Madam,
    Warm Greetings from Dr NARAYANASWAMY Behalf of ADRES organisation,
    We introduced myself we ADRES organisation working in our project area since 1990 our main objectives Woman Empowerment and Child care activities our target Community is Economicaly Weaker Section peoples and orphanage children’s we ADRES conducting Leadership, Bookkeeping, Utilisation of powers of Elected Members of the local body institutions,And also We ADRES Conducting Skill based trainings,Income Generation Trainings, Farmers Trainings, Self Employed Trainings for unemployed youths both Boys and girls, so we tried Financial support for poorest of the poor peoples get the Trainings and start their Business,
    Actually Our Beneficiaries Need Grant For Repairs of Residencial Houses, Construction indusal Toilets Low cost Houses pls any possibility of support please send me Guidelines and prescribed formets and guidance Sir /Madam. Yours Faithfully
    Thanking you

    Warm Regards
    Dr NARAYANASWAMY R

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Dr NARAYANASWAMY R,

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