FEMPAWER - Call for grants funding - deadline extended until 31 August 2021

Thu, 08/19/2021

Call for Women’s Organizations in Lebanon to Collaboration Grants for Lobbying and Advocacy
· Are you an activist working on the intersections of women economic rights, and violence against women?
· Would you like to be part of a national/ regional network that advocate and support women’s collective organizing on economic and labor rights to fight economic gender based violence?
If so, please continue reading!
CRTDA as a member of FEM PAWER Consortium led by Kvinna till Kvinna is receiving applications for small projects in Lebanon to be selected from and implemented through the Feminists for Women Economic Rights – “FEM PAWER” program funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This call targets institutions and groups from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Tunis to work together in lobbying and advocacy activities in the field of economic gender based violence EGBV. This program stared in January 2021 and extends till the end of 2025, it is implemented by a Consortium of four CSOs in the MENA region working in the field of women’s rights in four countries with Kvinna till Kvinna as the lead (and implementing in Tunisia) together with Arab Women Organization – AWO (consortium member and implementing in Jordan), Collective for Research and Training on Development Action - CRTDA (consortium member and implementing in Lebanon) and The Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development - PWWSD (consortium member and implementing in the Occupied Palestinian Territories).
The Program MENA Feminist Power in Action for Women’s Economic Rights (FEM PAWER) aims to empower young women who face multiple discrimination of economic gender-based violence (E/GBV) in Jordan, Lebanon, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Tunisia to be leaders for change by holding duty bearers accountable and ultimately improve conditions for young women in the informal sector. Also for young women and women who lack social protection such as inequality in work opportunities and resources, or because of implementation of gender discriminatory laws at work, inheritance, property rights, access and control of land and resources, in addition to lack of access to economic and financial decision-making positions, inequality in wages, benefits, and work conditions also unpaid care work and domestic care work, GBV and sexual harassment at work etc.
Targeted women include economically and socially marginalized groups, like women domestic workers and refugees.
Decision makers in the region and UN mechanisms are yet to understand the ways in which VAW and economic gender based violence are inter-related and mutually reinforcing. FEM PAWER is seeking to develop women's collective organizing in order to raise up the voices of marginalized women and influence the agendas of government, donors, the private sector and development and international financial institutions, creating new opportunities to open up the debate about economic gender-based violence in the region.
The Program seeks accountability for young women working in the informal sector and lacking protection such as lack of equal access to opportunities and economic resources; gender discriminatory laws on labor, inheritance, property rights, and access to and control of lands and , resources including breaking barriers of access at the family level (intimate partner violence, early marriage, and lack of access to education), lack of inclusion in economic and financial decision making; unequal pay, benefits and working conditions; unpaid care and domestic work, violence and harassment on workplace;
Economic gender based violence is defined from an experiential perspective by Fawole (2008) as follows:
“Economic violence experienced included limited access to funds and credit; controlling access to health care, employment, education, including agricultural resources; excluding from financial decision making; and discriminatory traditional laws on inheritance, property rights, and use of communal land. At work women experienced receiving unequal remuneration for work done equal in value to the men's, were overworked and underpaid, and used for unpaid work outside the contractual agreement. Some experienced fraud and theft from some men, illegal confiscation of goods for sale, and unlawful closing down of worksites. At home, some were barred from working by partners; while other men totally abandoned family maintenance to the women.”
A framework of four changes have been identified
Outcome 1 is to establish safe and secure space for the young women and WROs to lobby and advocate
Outcome 2 is addressing inclusive leadership and learning
Outcome 3 is strengthening capacities in advocacy, alliance building, social mobilization and inclusive leadership for young women and Partner Organizations of the Program.
Outcome 4 is about mobilization and advocacy interventions at multiple levels.
To make the program successful, FEM PAWER consortium is offering grants to WRO, here called the Partner Organizations (POs).
About the Grants
Objective of the call: The call will allow POs to put into practice the learning of the Program by improving their leadership, structure, systems, culture, etc. as well as strengthen the lobbying and advocacy component skills, more specifically in the field of Economic Gender-Based Violence (EGBV). National and regional networks will be formed in order to achieve the needed results.
· If you are interested to be part of this joint work, you are requested to submit a proposal in line with the FEM PAWER program objectives (see above). The sub-grants may be for the continuation of work already being done by the applying entity or for creation of entirely new content.
To maximize impact, POs along with FEM PAWER Consortium will revisit the planned programs on a yearly base, to evaluate and amend as per the needs and achievements.
Grants Size and number
Interested applicants can benefit from one of the following grants categories:
- Small grants with a maximum budget of 10,000 EUR per year and 40,000 for 4 years
- Mid size grants: a maximum budget of 20,000 per year and 80,000 for 4 years
- Grants for a network of applicants (this could include registered and unregistered organizations, groups of activists, national movements, etc). Maximum budget for this kind of grants will be 30,000 EUR per year and 120,000 EUR for 4 years.
Criteria for applicants
● The organization, group or network shall be women right focused: whose main mandate and mission is supporting women’s rights and gender equality or women leadership
● The organization does not need to be registered under their respective country laws. Priority will be given to emerging or informal/grassroots groups/ organizations, groups located in rural or remote areas and groups that are made up of and or working with economically or socially excluded groups Organizations or groups or networks led by young women are encouraged to apply.
● organizations, groups or networks may work in one or several thematic areas depending on their priorities and agendas—such as:
● Addressing different forms of economic gender based violence (economic exploitation, the gendered impacts of economic or financial crisis, unpaid work and care work) or furthering economic security and justice (examples work hours, maternity leaves etc.);
● Advocating on economic rights and labor rights of women and mobilizing in their communities to influence policies and sustain movements, at the local or national level AND OR
● providing services/ awareness relevant to EGBV: “prevention”, response and/or advocacy, across sectors.
FEM PAWER will fund organizations or groups with emerging experiences with global advocacy spaces or intend to engage in that area.
Priority will be given to organizations or groups who
● are bringing different stakeholders together and/or build network and alliances, among groups and activists working at local, subnational, and national levels
● have ability/committed to work with local and national duty bearers and private sector and unions to ensure their respect / support to women economic equal rights, and principle of equal opportunities. Able to build partnerships with national and local institutions, private sectors and other CSOs
● are able to demonstrate tangible results in terms of changes in knowledge, skills and attitudes of the right holders and/or duty bearers.
● are willing to learn more on concepts of economic gender-based violence, intersectionality, inclusive leadership, lobby and advocacy as well as safe spaces.
Priority will be given to: a) Small, emerging grassroots groups with little or no access to funding; b) alliances, networks, or collectives; c) remote, underserved areas; d) organizations made up of and/or working with socially excluded and disadvantaged young women; and e) creative and innovative strategies. Committed to engage for 4 years programming.
Types of Projects and activities eligible for support (not exhaustive)
o Projects with an advocacy and lobby component relevant to EGBV.
o Empowerment of rights holders, EGBV survivors, vulnerable and hard to reach groups including support for leadership, decision making, representation in private and civic and political spheres.
o EGBV related capacity development of communities, other stakeholders, and duty bearers to prevent and protect example – engendered leadership training workshops with a focus on project planning
o Social accountability in the field relevant to EGBV. Example: presence and/or implementation of legislations pertaining to applying gender equality in access to financial resources to business ventures.
o Innovative approaches including application of IT and new technology in lobby and advocacy. Example – making APPs that contains information relevant to legislations or decrees that promote gender equality in the workplace.
o Peer learning and support in the area of lobby and advocacy in EGBV
o Engaging with media in the field of economic gender-based violence. Example narratives of survivors of economic gender-based violence
Application and Timeline
Submit application
July 2021
Assessment and Selection of partners
August – October 2021
Finalize Agreements and programs
November – December 2021
Start implementation
January 2022
Finish implementation
November 2025
We will be happy to receive your applications by August 31st, you can download the application form from the link provided: https://crtda.org.lb/webfm_send/157
Kindly send the filled application form to the following two addresses: fem.pawer@kvinnatillkvinna.se, fem.pawer.crtda@crtda.org.lb,
For any question, please send an email to the two addresses - fem.pawer@kvinnatillkvinna.se, fem.pawer.crtda@crtda.org.lb,
We are a feminist Consortium committed to diversity, therefore welcoming applications from all sections of the society. We encourage applications from people with a disability, supporting where possible, requirements for reasonable adjustments.