Nominations are now open for the 4th round of the Womanity Award to find innovative programmes to prevent domestic violence against women and girls.
First launched in 2014, the Womanity Award works to surface innovative solutions to prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG) from around the world. It focuses on the power of collaboration to address the root cause of VAWG. Approximately every two years, they select a pair of organisations in the Global South who then work together for three years.
One of these is the Innovation Partner (IP) who has an innovative evidence-based approach to prevent violence against women and girls. They support them to help them increase their reach by adapting their programme in partnership with another organisation. The other organisation is the Scale-Up Partner (SP) who receives support to adapt and deliver the tried-and-tested innovation in their own location. Both organisations share knowledge and learn from each other through a partnership based upon balanced power and mutual respect.
The Womanity Foundation has launched three rounds of the Womanity Award to date. Each of them has focused on a different theme related to violence against women and girls. These have included engaging men and boys, online violence and women’s safety in public spaces.
- Scale-up innovation through adaptation’, a model specifically designed to leverage strong, pre-existing ideas to end VAWG, rather than spend time and resources reinventing the wheel.
- Act as a catalyst and accelerate the dissemination of learning, of promising practices and of impactful models addressing VAWG across different geographies and help to build transnational collaborations.
- Strengthen the institutional capacity of both partner organisations and exchange knowledge with Womanity, the partner organisations and the field.
- You must be based in the Global South. The Innovation Partner and Scale-Up Partner should be from different countries.
- You must be a legal, registered organisation.
- The Innovation and Scale-Up Partners must have a partnership agreed in principle to adapt a programme focused on the prevention of domestic violence against women and girls in the country where Scale-Up Partner is based.
- You must be able to communicate in English for both the selection process and implementation if selected. (They recognise that this may limit many organizations from taking part in the process, but unfortunately, they don’t have the structure to select and to manage projects in different languages for the time being)
- A desirable but not mandatory criteria is to have a diverse board and senior leadership with equal/fair representation of women.
- The Innovation Partner needs to: Have an innovative programme focused on the prevention of domestic violence against women and girls to be adapted in a different country in the Global South. (They encourage applications of innovative programmes developed to respond to the increase of domestic violence during the Covid-19 pandemic).
- Be able to demonstrate:
- A clear intervention model of the programme.
- Experience in working to advance women’s and girls’ rights.
- Experience in adaptation, ideally you should be able to demonstrate experience in adapting the chosen programme for the Womanity Award but also accepted experience adapting other programmes. In either case, you need to provide evidence of at least two adaptations done in partnership with other organisations.
- Experience in working in collaboration/partnership with other organisations to implement programmes.
- The impact measurement process for previous adaptations of the programme if applicable or for adaptations of other programmes undertaken to date.
- Initial evidence of success and learning of the programme.
- Ability to clearly communicate on programmes’ results.
- The Scale-Up Partner needs to: Be able to demonstrate:
- That you are well-positioned to adopt a programme on the prevention of domestic violence against women and girls in your context;
- Experience in working in collaboration/partnership with other organisations to implement programmes;
- Initial evidence of success and learning when working in partnerships;
- An ability to clearly communicate programmes’ results.
- Both Partners need to:
- Be willing to provide material and references in support of the application and for due diligence purposes.
- If selected as a finalist, agree to:
- Take part in the mentorship phase, commit to collaborate to develop an Adaptation Plan, do a field visit (depending on restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic), and attend online mentoring sessions.
- Be open to collaborating with other finalists to build on each other’s work on the Adaptation Plan.
- Present the final Adaptation Plan and a two-minute film to showcase how you plan to work together to a Selection Panel (This will be a face to face meeting if possible depending on restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. If not, it will be a virtual meeting).
- If selected as Awardees, both Partners must agree to:
- Work with them at the Womanity Foundation and their eco-system of partners to utilise the suite of financial and organisational support in order to develop and implement your Adaptation successfully.
- Engage in understanding the impact of the adaptation and of the programme and to join them on a learning journey.
- Work on Institutional Strengthening based on your priorities.
- Commit to be available for contact and to provide monitoring reports to the Womanity Award team for the duration of the programme.
- Actively participate as a member of, and contribute knowledge to, the Womanity Foundation alumni network.
- For the two pairs of Finalists not selected as Awardees you’ll need to:
- Agree to share with Womanity a brief plan of how the Seed Funding will be used and to have a phone call six months after the final selection has taken place.
For more information, visit https://womanity.org/launch-of-the-womanity-award-4/