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Support Programme - 2012 Call for Proposals
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UN WOMEN is
the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment
of Women. It is widely accepted that ensuring gender equality and
women's empowerment is critical to achieving a wide range
of development objectives including the Millennium Development Goals.
UN Women works with governments and civil society to design laws,
policies, programmes and services needed to implement global standards
for achieving gender equality by focusing on priority areas that
are fundamental to women's equality, and that can unlock progress
across the board. In this regard, UN WOMEN is pleased to announce
the 2012 call for proposals for the Gender Support Programme (GSP).
GSP is 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.
the Gender Support Programme are highly competitive. The Fund will
prioritize innovative, impact-oriented programmes that exhibit joint
initiatives involving multi- stakeholder groups, implementing national
policies and priorities and fostering collaborations and partnerships
between government departments, network organizations, well established
women's organizations and community based organizations from
The key areas of interventions are guided by the thematic areas
contained in the National Gender and Women's Empowerment Strategic
Action Plan (NGWESAP) and areas prioritized by stakeholders at a
consultative meeting held in November 2011 in Harare and outcomes
of the National GBV conference held in December 2011 in Harare.
The thematic areas for this call for proposals and the focus areas
Area 1: Ending Gender Based Violence
The past decade
has seen a significant increase in reported cases of gender based
violence, despite the adoption of policies, laws, and action plans
to address gender based violence. Statistically women and girls
suffer the most forms of violence; thousands remain at risk without
protection and limited access to critical services, or opportunities
to seek justice. In order to address serious gaps in the realization
of national and international commitments to end violence against
women and girls, this call seeks to decrease the gap between policy
and implementation by expanding the quality and quantity of support
available for the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act and
the National Plan of Action and effective programmes to end Gender
Based Violence (GBV) such as support to the National 4P Campaign
on Zero Tolerance of (GBV). Areas of intervention seek:
the number and quality of legal aid services for GBV survivors
2. Strengthening the capacity of organizations providing legal
aid, paralegal outreach schemes.
3. Strengthening the capacity of institutional responses to improve
survivors access to health services, protection and access to
justice for women and girls.
4. Supporting capacity development of community leaders, chiefs,
men and boys towards change in attitudes and to have a better
understanding of VAW and its implications.
5. Capacity building and awareness in resolving conflict and building
Area 2: Women's leadership and participation in politics and
political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender
equality and genuine democracy. It facilitates women's direct
engagement in public decision-making and is a means of ensuring
better accountability to women. Political accountability to women
begins with increasing the number of women in decision-making positions,
but it cannot stop there. What is required are gender-sensitive
governance reforms that will make all elected officials more effective
at promoting gender equality in public policy and ensuring their
implementation. The current constitution making process provides
an opportunity for ensuring gender parity is achieved for women
to assume positions in decision-making and leadership. Areas of
intervention seek to:
leadership, participation and representation of women at all levels
of decision-making through capacity strengthening of women and
women's groups to advocate and lobby for gender specific
principles, clauses, including special measures for women.
2. Facilitate the effective participation of women and gender
advocates in national processes such as the Constitution making
process, referendum and elections.
3. Support gender equality advocates to influence law reform in
compliance with the new constitutional framework.
4. Strengthen the capacity of gender equality advocates and their
organisations to influence and implement the national gender policy
and strategy, regional instruments and frameworks such as CEDAW
concluding observations and the SADC Gender Protocol.
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