UN Women Spotlight Initiative Funding in Malawi
UN Women Spotlight Initiative Funding in Malawi
UN Women Announces Call for Proposals to Implement Spotlight Initiative Program Activities in Malawi.
The Spotlight Initiative Programme in Malawi, aimed at targeting the most at-risk groups, will accelerate efforts towards elimination of violence against women and girls including sexual gender-based violence and harmful practices.
A deliberate effort is projected to ensure those facing multiple and intersecting discrimination play a key role not only as beneficiaries but also as key stakeholders, shaping and guiding the program design and implementation.
The initiative envisions a comprehensive prevention strategy that addresses structural issues and linkages to Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR).
Innovations through practical application will further enhance efforts to capitalize on lessons learned and link to existing efforts under the UN and other development partners’ programming on Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV), Human Rights, Girls Education, etc.
This local-level partnership with local councils will particularly involve CSOs and CBOs already working in the target districts:
Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Ntchisi, Dowa, Nsanje, and Machinga, with the expertise, programming experience and activities in SGBV, SRHR, HP, and VAWG.
The budget range for this proposal should be USD50,000 – USD100,000.
Project: Spotlight Initiative Country Programme for Malawi
Successful NGOs will support UN Women Malawi CO to implement the following under these specific focus areas and accompanying activities:
Laws and Policies- Legislative and policy frameworks, based on evidence and in line with international human rights standards, on all forms of violence against women and girls and harmful practices are in place and translated into plans and implemented
- Capacity building of community leaders, ministries, and informal and formal legislators to produce policy and laws to address SGBV, SRHR, and early marriage.Pillar 2)
- Institutions- National and subnational systems and institutions plan, fund, and deliver evidence-based programmes that prevent and respond to VAWG and HP, including in other sectorsSpecific activities:
- Support national and local structures and targeted institutions (CSOs, Local Government Finance Committees, Parliamentary Committees, the Malawi Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Ombudsman, the National Audit Office) to improve their capabilities in using gender-responsive budgeting and to ensure quality results, reporting, and adequate financing on VAWG, SGBV/HP, and SRHR.
- Strengthen chiefs’ forums to monitor the implementation of SGBV/HP and SRHR laws, policies, programmes, and services, including for those most marginalized and excludedPillar 3)
- Prevention- Gender equitable social norms, attitudes, and behavioural change at community and individual levels to prevent VAWG and SGBV/HP and promote women’s and girls’ SRHR Specific activities:
- Scale up the promotion of positive masculinities for male engagement on EVAWG, HIV, HP, SGBV, and SRHR, including through the implementation of the male engagement strategy and operational guide.Pillar 4)
Services -Women and girls who experience violence, including SGBV/HP, use available, accessible, acceptable, and quality essential services, including those for long-term recovery from violence
- Scale up life skills development, including entrepreneurship skills and livelihood initiatives for adolescent girls and women, particularly those most marginalized and excluded, integrated with existing platforms such as functional literacy programmes, mothers’ groups, and out-of-school girls’ clubs, with linkages to health services, including SRHR (involving technical support in procuring and installing solar power for vulnerable women, and training of women survivors of SGBV, women with disabilities and Women Living with HIV and Aids in solar installation
- Enhance basic entrepreneurship skills among vulnerable and marginalized women and adolescent girls, including the poorest, in rural, peri–urban, and urban settings
- Facilitate access to financial resources, including input and technical support, for small business start-ups, targeting vulnerable and marginalized women and adolescent girls in rural, peri-urban, and urban communities
- Ensure viability of the participating women’s small businesses by facilitating access to markets and links with value chains and private sector corporationsPillar 6)
- Women’s movement Women’s and girls’ rights groups, autonomous social movements, and relevant CSOs, including those representing youth and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalization, more effectively influence and advance progress on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and VAWG, including SGBV/HP, and SRHRSpecific activities:
- Support the fostering of a national women’s and girls’ movement that will provide oversight to interventions on ending VAWG, promoting SRHR, and eliminating HP
- Strengthen technical capacities for CSOs and women’s and youth organizations related to gender-responsive budgeting, monitoring, and developing tools to consolidate their role as watchdogs on women’s and girls’ rights
- Support the development of community scorecards, opinion polls, grievance and redress structures, and other social accountability mechanisms for SGBV/HP- and SRHR-related reporting and monitoring.Competencies
Organisations working to promote
(a) Gender Equality and Women Empowerment and
(b)Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, that are legally registered in Malawi and have specialized knowledge, expertise and track record of working on:
- Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
- Ending Harmful Practices
- Positive masculinities
- Sexual Reproductive Health Rights#
- HIV and AIDSMarginalized Groups: including FSW, LGBTI, persons with disabilities, child marriage survivors, persons with albinism and other marginal groups Organizations are including but not limited to:
Non-governmental Organizations, Community-Based Organizations and media networks at national or sub-national level. Women’s rights organisations are especially encouraged to apply.
Apply by 24th December.