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Support Programme - Operational Guidelines for Call for Proposals
27 June 2010 (12 noon)
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and Purpose of the Guidelines
The United Nations
Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) is pleased to announce the 2010
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),
The British Department for International Development (DFID) and
the Royal Danish Embassy.
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 working in gender equality, women's empowerment
Guidelines, include the thematic areas, type of grants, timeline,
eligibility, project proposal format, pre-selection, selection and
approval process including reasons why a proposal might be rendered
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 is based
on areas that require immediate attention in order to narrow the
identified gaps and areas of common interest to the majority of
the stakeholders. The selected thematic areas for 2010 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 in
Leadership and Politics, thematic area seeks to enhance leadership,
representation and participation of women at all levels of decision-making
through advocacy and capacity strengthening of women and women's
- Women and
Health (HIV & AIDS and Gender Based Violence-GBV), 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 the elimination of gender
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.
whose objective is to empower and involve all women living with
disability in the different sectors.
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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