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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Call for proposal 2012

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The UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women Call for proposal 2012 


The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women (“The UN Trust Fund”) is a leading global multi-lateral mechanism supporting national efforts to end one of the most widespread human rights violations in the world. Established in 1996 by UN General Assembly Resolution 50/166,the UN Trust Fund is administered by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) on behalf of the United Nations System.


The 2012 UN Trust Fund Call invites proposals in the following areas of action:

  1.  Closing the Gap on the Implementation of National and Local Laws, Policies and Action Plans  that Address Violence against Women
  2.  Addressing Violence against Adolescent and Young Girls

Through its grants, the UN Trust Fund aims to expand the global knowledge base on ‘what works’ by supporting the piloting, testing,  up-scaling,  evaluation, documentation and dissemination of catalytic, innovative and promising approaches on ending violence against women and girls. The ideal proposal will ensure rigorous documentation of effective approaches addressing violence against women, with a view to sharing lessons learned and providing practical guidance for other programmers.


Focus Area 1: Closing the Gap on the Implementation of National and Local Laws, Policies and

Action Plans that Address Violence against Women.

Under this are proposals might consider:

–           Developing high-impact strategies for primary prevention of violence against women and girls, that is, strategies to stop violence from occurring altogether in the first place.

–          Ensuring survivors’ access to protection and justice, by strengthening enforcement of existing legislation and the rule of law, and alignment with human rights’ standards; and to quality health and other services and supports. This may include establishing or expanding access to services such as hotlines, safe spaces, legal assistance and crisis counseling, among others.

–          Empowering women to claim their rights and mobilizing communities on ‘zero tolerance’ through legal literacy and social mobilization about national and local laws, policies and action plans, as well as through socio-economic (including  employment) opportunities for women to break out of the cycle of violence.

–          Strengthening efforts to prevent and address rape in conflict situations as a systematic method of  warfare by State and non-state actors.

–          Responding to the needs and rights of especially excluded and neglected groups, such as women and  girls living  in poverty and extreme poverty,  adolescents and youth, migrant women workers,  domestic workers, indigenous communities, women living with HIV, women and girls who have been  trafficked,  among others; or on  especially neglected forms of violence or issues, such as sexual  violence against girls and young women, abuse during pregnancy, political or economic violence,  links with HIV and AIDS, and sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations.

–          Securing strategic policy commitments and budgets for implementation, by working to ensure that  ending violence against women and girls is incorporated into  leading national development and  funding frameworks, such as Poverty Reduction Strategies, National Development Plans, National  HIV and AIDS Plans, Sector-Wide Approaches, post-conflict peace-building and reconstruction  frameworks, or other MDG-related plans. This includes support for  data collection and analysis;  mapping services; supporting establishment of benchmarks and monitoring progress against them;

–          Enlisting relatively ‘new’ actors who have a critical, but largely untapped, role to play in preventing and addressing violence against women and girls, such as working with men and boys, young people, faith-based organizations, employers and trade unions, among other strategic groups and sectors.

–           Supporting the implementation of international and regional human rights instruments,  and  of recommendations on ending violence against women from human rights  bodies, including  the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Committee and  the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, among other special procedures.

–          Overall, supporting capacity development of implementers of national and local laws, policies and action plans, at inter-sectoral and sectoral levels.


Focus Area 2: Addressing Violence against Adolescent and Young Girls. Under this area proposal might considerate:

–          Fostering girls’ leadership and activism and mobilizing and supporting young and adolescent girls, especially indigenous and socially excluded girls, as champions of change for promoting equality and ending gender-based violence.

–          Using girls’ knowledge and perspectives to design prevention programmes specifically tailored for this target group, including television and radio programming informed by girls’ experiences and exposure to violence.

–          Supporting innovative approaches aimed at reducing the acceptance of child marriage and  empowering girls as well as their family members with the knowledge, skills and resources to delay marriage and continue schooling.

–          Initiating school-based and early education programmes to prevent violence against girls, including through the development of  a comprehensive curriculum that covers health, sexual and reproductive rights, intimate relationships, and financial literacy combined with meaningful peer discussions and wider community conversations about violence.

–          Supporting school administrators and teachers to develop strategies and codes of conduct  for addressing and preventing sexual violence and harassment in the school environment, including methods for the early identification of abusive behavior.

–           Establishing “safe spaces” for both in and out-of-school girls aimed at decreasing their social  isolation by building their basic literacy, life skills, sexual and reproductive health awareness, andself-protection skills.

–          Providing health and other support services to already married girls such as schooling, sexual and

reproductive health services, rights awareness, livelihoods skills, and supporting innovative outreach strategies for girls at risk or who have experienced violence to be able to report and seek support.

–          Reaching adolescent girls with community-based health and/or social initiatives that pair them with dedicated mentors to learn about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, while developing the skills necessary to negotiate voluntary, safe, and protected sex.

–          Providing training to health workers and other service providers on the harmful health consequences of sexual and gender based violence such as female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), sexual abuse, early marriage, rape and other forms of physical and psychological violence, equipping them with the skills necessary to adequately respond to the specific needs of girl survivors of violence and effectively engage their communities around strategies to eliminate these practices.

–          Increasing girls’ access to justice, including to legal and judicial services, and strengthening legal and judicial systems, to better protect the rights of girls who are survivors of sexual violence through special judicial and investigative measures aimed at avoiding re-traumatization.

–          Designing proactive community outreach and investigative strategies  to address the exploitation and violence experienced by child domestic workers in order to change prevalent attitudes and perceptions that both serve to push girls into domestic work and create demand for young girls to become domestic workers.

–          Promoting the healthy development and community re-integration of war-affected and displacedgirls, including those formerly associated with armed forces or armed groups, through psychosocial care, case management, and educational/vocational training.

–          Strengthening multi-sectoral services and referral networks to ensure that young and adolescent girls at risk or who have experienced gender-based violence have prompt access to tailored response services including safety, health care, justice and other necessary supports specific to the needs of girls survivors.


Budget and duration of proposals

For large  civil society organizations, governments and UN Country Teams, budget requests should be within the range of a minimum of US$ 300,000 to a maximum of US$ 1 million total for duration of two to three years.

For small civil society organizations, especially grassroots women’s organizations and networks, budget requests will also be considered for a minimum of US$ 100,000.

Determination of budget requests should be made based on an organization’s operational and absorptive capacity.


Who can apply?

–          Applicants from, or working in, countries and/or territories in the “List of Eligible Countries” here can find the complete list

–          Government authorities at central/national, sub-national and/or local levels, including National

–          Women’s Machineries and other sectoral Ministries. A government entity may  either  apply

individually or as part of a UN Country Team proposal, but not both.

–          Civil society organizations and networks, including non-governmental organizations that are legally registered in the country of implementation.

–          Regional/international civil society organizations and networks that have national presence in the country(ies) and/or territory(ies) of implementation. In this case, the proposal must indicate how the proposed interventions will contribute to national capacity development and ownership  of national and local organizations in the implementation.

–           Operational research/evaluation institutions specialized in gender equality and gender-based violence.

–           UN Country Teams (UNCTs) are eligible where requested by the government and in partnership withwomen’s groups, organizations and/or networks, as well as with other civil society organizations. Only one application per country is permitted.


The deadline for submission of the Concept Note is 21 January 2013, 11:59pm New York Time (EST).


For more information about the call click here

For application form  click here 

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