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Support Programme - Operational Guidelines - 2009 Call for Proposals
August 31, 2009
13 September 2009
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and purpose of the Guidelines
The United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is pleased to announce the second
call for proposals for the Gender Support Programme (GSP), a multi-donor
initiative dedicated to the advancement of gender equality, equity
and women's empowerment in Zimbabwe at local and national
levels. GSP is currently funded by the European Commission (EC)
and The British Department for International Development (DFID).
manages the Fund's activities at UNIFEM. The Secretariat is
guided by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from
the donor community and the Women's Coalition of Zimbabwe.
Proposals are assessed by a Technical Committee comprised of a rotating
group of experts in gender, development and women's empowerment.
Guidelines, include the thematic areas, type of grants, timeline,
eligibility, project proposal format, pre-selection, selection and
approval process and reasons why a proposal might be rendered inadmissible.
The key areas
of interventions are guided by the thematic areas contained in the
National Gender and Women's Empowerment Strategic Action Plan
(NGWESAP). These areas were prioritized and selected by stakeholders
during the national consultative process. Prioritization was based
on areas that required immediate attention in order to narrow the
identified gaps and areas of common interest to the majority of
the stakeholders. The selected thematic areas are;
- Women and
Economic Empowerment - The main objective of this thematic area
is to "Facilitate the creation of an environment that is
conducive for women to generate, own and control wealth".
- Women and
Education thematic area seeks to promote women's access
to education, through advocacy and lobbying for the review of
the educational curricular and girl empowerment.
- Women in
Decision making thematic area seeks to enhance leadership, participation
and representation of women at all levels of decision-making through
capacity strengthening of women and women's groups as well
as through advocacy.
- Women and
Health thematic area aims at promoting women's access to
health services through increased access to primary health care
including sexual and reproductive health services and HIV and
AIDS prevention, treatment and care for women and girls.
- Women migration,
forced displacement, trafficking and slavery thematic area seeks
to promote safe and legal migration by women and raise awareness
on women's legal rights and challenges encountered in migration.
It also seeks to reduce incidences of slavery and trafficking
of women across or within borders.
themes to be mainstreamed through all the strategic thematic areas
outlined above include:
- Legal Reform
which seeks to promote constitutional reform, the promulgation
of gender sensitive laws and the repeal of gender discriminatory
legislation, which does not promote gender equality and equity.
- Gender Budgeting
whose objective is to promote gender sensitive budgeting so that
the special needs of women are catered for in national and sectoral
whose objective is to empower and involve all women living with
disability in the different sectors.
- Gender and
Labour to ensure that women in all spheres of life have access
to equal pay for comparable work, family benefits, financial credit
and the right to own and inherit property.
Capacity Strengthening to strengthen the institutional capacity
of the sector which has been observed to be lacking technical
capacity in gender equality and women's empowerment programming.
Partnerships between the women's sector and already existing
institutions with expertise in women's human rights issues
is encouraged to achieve women's human rights in Zimbabwe.
or Operational Cross-cutting Issues to be mainstreamed in all
the thematic areas include capacity building of stakeholders,
lobbying and advocacy, information dissemination, research and
documentation, targeting and male involvement
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