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Fund for Gender Equality 2009 Catalytic Grant Recipients

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The UNIFEM-managed Fund for Gender Equality announced in January 2010 its initial allocation of more than US$9 million to 27 initiatives in 26 countries. The grants fall into the Fund's Catalytic Grant category - one of two types of grants aimed to accelerate the efforts of initiatives on the ground.

The Fund received 1,240 applications, out of which 543 were for the Catalytic Category. A technical committee of regional experts selected 27 proposals for grants ranging from US$100,000 to US$500,000. Of the selected projects, 89 percent are led by civil society organizations and 11 percent by government agencies.


Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE)

Project Title: Gender Budget Program

Country: Uganda

Description: A recent decision by the Government of Uganda to introduce gender budgeting requires all government entities to demonstrate how resources allocated to them will address gender issues. The Gender Budget Program (GBP) intends to advance gender accountability within the government by introducing gender analysis and audits to the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) and legislatures. The proposal builds on past GBP efforts and provides new strategies for engagement with parliamentary actors.

Alliance Nationale Contre le Sida (ANCS) in partnership with SWAA SENEGAL

Project Title: Economic and Political Independence of Women Living with HIV in the Draft Legislation Dedicated to HIV

Country: Senegal

Description: The project aims at the integration of provisions to augment the political and economic autonomy of HIV-positive women into national legislation on HIV and AIDS in Senegal, taking especially into account women sex workers. The implementing organizations are well known in the region as powerful agents of change and, through this programme, will undertake advocacy, establish coalitions, and generate accountability mechanisms that can serve as a model in the region and beyond.

ABANTU for Development in partnership with Ghana Gender and Climate Change Coalition

Project Title: Building Capacities to Influence Climate Change Policies from a Gender Perspective

Country: Ghana

Description: In Ghana, women are on the frontline in key productive sectors such as agriculture that are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of global warming. The project seeks to tackle the gender-differentiated impact of climate change through innovative and precedent-setting advances in policy-making, mitigation and adaptation measures. It will contribute to a growing body of knowledge on climate change as a development issue with gender implications that cut across all sectors.

Horizons Femmes in partnership with Nouveaux Droits de l'Homme (NDH)

Project Title: The Socio-Judicial Revaluation of Domestic Employment in Cameroon

Country: Cameroon

Description: The project seeks to improve the conditions of domestic workers, who often endure systematic and socially-accepted abuse, exploitation and stigmatization. Through empowerment, mobilization, awareness-raising and legislative advocacy, the project aims for stronger legal protections for this particularly marginalized group of women, who as a more unified and mobilized force will be better positioned to claim their rights and advocate on their own behalf.

BAOBAB in partnership with Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND)

Project Title: Capacity Building and Empowerment through Political Education for Nigerian Women

Country: Nigeria

Description: Considering that in the 2007 Nigerian elections, women were only able to claim 6 percent of state and federal legislative seats, the project seeks to increase women's political participation in Nigeria by training and mentoring young women with political aspiration to be competitive candidates in future elections. A cadre of young, politically informed candidates for political office will be developed - women who will be part of a supportive political network and therefore better able to negotiate the world of male-dominated political processes.

MUGEDE - Mulher, Gênero e Desenvolvimento

Project Title: Fighting for Women's Rights

Country: Mozambique

Description: The project aims to improve the living standards of approximately 30,000 rural women by enhancing their capacity to capitalize on recent legislative advances that promote gender equality. In so doing, it aspires to increase the involvement and participation of women, and rural women in particular, in political processes.

Americas & the Caribbean

Fundacion Waaponi in partnership with Municipalidad de Cuenca

Project Title: Governability and Institutionalization of a Focus on Equity and Gender in the Cuenca District

Country: Ecuador

Description: In order to promote gender equality standards within decision-making bodies, particularly within rural parish governing boards, the project builds upon existing social networks linked to rural parish communities to disseminate information and catalyze momentum for progress towards gender equality.

Asociación Nacional de Empresas Comercializadoras de Productores/as del Campo, A.C.

Project Title: Empowering Rural Women for Gender Equality

Country: Mexico

Description: The project aims to leverage its broad network of civil society and government partners in 18 Mexican states to increase rural and particularly indigenous women's economic opportunities. Towards this end, ANEC has and will continue to develop strategies and activities designed to level the playing field for women's economic activities, particularly in the agricultural sector.

Asociación de Mujeres por la Dignidad y la Vida. Las Dignas in partnership with Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres Melida Anaya Montes LAS MELIDAS

Project Title: Strengthening Public Institutions in favor of Equality and to Combat Discrimination

Country: El Salvador

Description: The primary objective is to catalyze the passage of a national gender equality law that enables public institutions to improve their gender sensitivity and practices. This project proposes support for legislation that mandates the integration of gender specific considerations and provisions in all public policies, as a step towards securing further, more specific rights.

Corporación Sisma Mujer

Project Title: Political Empowerment for Women Displaced by War to Hold the Government Accountable

Country: Colombia

Description: The project focuses on empowering female internally displaced people (IDPs) in the districts of Bolivar, Chocó, Cundinamarca, Tolima, and Valle del Cauca to strengthen their agency in holding the national government to account regarding the incorporation of gender-sensitive frameworks into public policy. It seeks to catalyze support for measures to prevent further internal displacement for Colombians and to generate better provisioning for existing IDPs.

International Indigenous Women's Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas in partnership with ENLACE: Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas

Project Title: Strengthening Governance Systems and Indigenous Women's Networks

Regions: Latin America, Africa and Asia

Description: The primary objective is to engage relevant stakeholders in a process of dialogue, consultation and advocacy in order to infuse gender equality perspectives into the work of the indigenous people's movement and indigenous governance systems. Through the strengthening of indigenous women's networks, the project will increase indigenous women's participation, visibility and leadership capacity at the local, regional and international level.

Centro de Investigación para la Acción Femenina (CIPAF)

Project Title: Genderizing the National Strategy for the Information Society in the Dominican Republic: e-dominicana

Country: Dominican Republic

Description: The primary objective is to increase women's participation in the Dominican Republic's Information Society, as outlined in the National Strategy: e-dominicana (2007-2010), a policy currently under revision and review for extension. The strategy has the potential to redress several gender-specific dimensions of the digital divide, and to augment the potential of information technologies to ameliorate women's economic and socio-political exclusion.

Arab States

Bisan Center for Research and Development

Project Title: Enhancing Palestinian Women Opportunities

Country: Occupied Palestinian Territory

Description: The project seeks to consider the specific restrictions and conditions faced by Palestinian women (living under occupation, living under Islam), and develop a model cooperative specifically designed to use economic empowerment as a tool for their political and social empowerment.

Al-Shehab Organization for Comprehensive Development in partnership with Egyptian Society for Economic and Social Rights

Project Title: Promotion of General Policies to Protect the Rights of Domestic Workers in Egypt

Country: Egypt

Description: The objective is to empower and improve the socio-economic conditions of domestic workers in two disadvantaged zones of metropolitan Cairo. Given the high levels of physical abuse and legal exploitation to which domestic workers are subjected, the organizations will establish relationships of cooperation with service providers (NGOs and the Ministry of Manpower) to offer referral services to these girls and women, including pyschological counseling, medical care, and legal services.

Palestinian Human Rights Organization - PHRO

Project Title: Advancing Palestinian Refugee Women in Lebanon Gender Equality

Country: Lebanon

Description: A recent study of semi-permanent Palestinian refugee settlements revealed that female Palestinian refugees feel "buried alive," facing double discrimination based on gender and refugee status. The project is an innovative effort to carve political space for these women to claim leadership positions and promote a women's rights agenda in the camps.

Agence du Sud

Project Title: The Strengthening of Women's Role in Local Governance through Community Development Plans

Country: Morocco

Description: The primary objective of this programme is to support 13 rural and urban communities in the Guelmim-Es Smara region in drafting Community Development Plans, in order to improve the role and status of women in community planning processes and include provisions for the socio-economic empowerment of women.

Asia & the Pacific

Women and Media Collective

Project Title: Changing Minds: Nominations and Votes for Women

Country: Sri Lanka

Description: The project will work to increase political parties' nominations of women across political party lines from 2 percent (the lowest in South Asia) to 20 percent in the 2011 Local Council elections, giving particular attention to women from minority Tamil and Muslim communities. This project will not only contribute directly to women's political empowerment in general, but by focusing on minority women candidates, it will also play a role in fostering political stability in Sri Lanka.

Rajasthan Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS in partnership with IMPACT Partners in Social Development

Project Title: Ensuring Specific Rights of Women Living with HIV

Country: India

Description: The project seeks to build support for, draft and submit a policy document to the Government of Rajasthan that would establish a package of services and protections for women living with HIV and AIDS, taking into account the multiple levels of discrimination and vulnerabilities they face.

HomeNet Southeast Asia

Project Title: Women in the Informal Economy Advocating for Right-Based Policies Amidst the Crises

Country: Philippines

Description: The project works to advance the advocacy initiatives of women home-based workers and other informal workers, whose livelihoods are increasingly threatened by the changing global employment system, economic and financial crisis, and devastating disasters caused by global warming. It will make use of the opportunity provided by the upcoming 2010 national election campaign to expand the advocacy agenda.

Gender at Work in partnership with DSS project of the Mitra Service Society

Project Title: The Dalit Women's Livelihoods Accountability Initiative

Country: India

Description: Dalit women, the poorest of the Indian poor, are subject to the triple discrimination of class, caste and gender. The project aims to build a strategic network between Dalit women's organizations and organizations that work for Dalit women's rights in two states, to bring Dalit women's voices and perspectives into social accountability mechanisms and right to food advocacy.

Women and Children Legal Research Foundation

Project Title: Access to the Right to Property, Inheritance, and Land for Women

Country: Afghanistan

Description: While extensive attention has been paid to violence against women in Afghanistan, the denial of women's economic rights - and particularly women's property, inheritance, and land rights - has been largely ignored, in spite of the strong linkages that exist between violence against women and insecure economic rights. As part of a holistic approach to women's rights, the project seeks to strengthen their rights in those areas, which, in spite of certain legal protections under Sharia, are denied by traditional practice and customs.

Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal

Project Title: Promoting Gender Equality in and through Community Radio of Nepal

Country: Nepal

Description: Recognizing the transformative power and broad reach of radio broadcasting in Nepal, and accepting the social responsibility of such influence, the project aims to strengthen awareness of women's rights through institutionalizing a gender-sensitive policy in all 164 member community radio stations and the production and broadcasting of special radio programmes.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Project Title: The Catalytic Fund for Gender Equality in Small Island States

Countries: Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Nauru, Republic of Marshall Islands and Tuvalu

Description: The project is based on the understanding that in small island states, strategic action plans for gender equality face extra implementation difficulties due to limited capacity and vulnerable environments. The project will therefore provide special assistance to the participating countries to develop and implement an action plan for advancing women's political and economic empowerment, to complement their respective National Strategic Development Plans.

Europe & the CIS

KULT Assocation in partnership with BH Experts Association (BHXP)

Project Title: Strengthening Women Youth Leaders in Youth Associations & their Role as Civil Society Players

Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

Description: The project will focus on empowering young women from underdeveloped municipalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to play an active role in creating and implementing youth strategies at the local governmental level. It has the potential to empower a critical mass of young women leaders to influence public issues, develop their local communities and emerge as full-fledged partners in political decision making processes at the local and national levels.

Regional Public Organization Center for Migration Studies in partnership with Fund Tajikistan, Information and Legal Center "Migration and Law"

Project Title: Strategic Partnership in the Promotion of Rights and Enhancing Opportunities for Migrant Women in Russia

Country: Tajikistan

Description: The project aims to improve the conditions of migrant women, especially those who migrate with children and those working in informal/domestic services. In contrast to the overwhelming attention that has been focused on male migration, this programme offers an opportunity to address the specific needs of migrant women from Central Asia, often excluded on the basis of race and ethnicity in Russia's society.

All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV

Project Title: Gender and HIV: from Paternalism towards Active Participation

Country: Ukraine

Description: The project seeks to incorporate gender sensitive approaches in HIV programmes at the local, regional, and national levels, as well as take into account the needs and voices of women living with HIV in the drafting and implementing of policies that affect them. In addition, the proposal focuses on ensuring gender equality by facilitating access to education, medical, social, psychological, legal services.

Women's Space in partnership with Slavica Vasic

Project Title: Roma Decade - Equal Opportunities for Roma Women and Men

Country: Serbia

Description: The project aims to support the creation of five Local Action Plans in five different Serbian cities that will support systematic solutions for the improvement of the status of Roma women. It focuses specifically on the intersections between CEDAW and the Bosnian Roma Decade Framework, and seeks to address the specific needs of Roma women, who are subject to discrimination on the basis of both ethnicity and gender.