Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund & Spotlight Initiative

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

The Spotlight Initiative is a global partnership between the EU and the United Nations which deploys targeted, large-scale investments in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific and the Caribbean, aimed at eliminating violence against women and girls, which is seen as a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights and to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Spotlight Initiative intends to bring the issue of ending violence against women and girls at the front and centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The project(s) must contribute to both of the following Outcome areas: (1) Outcome Area 6 of the Spotlight Initiative’s Theory of Change5 and associated Outputs and Outcome and Output indicators: Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant civil society organisations, including those representing youth and groups facing intersecting forms of  discrimination/marginalization, more effectively influence and advance progress on GEWE and EVAWG,  including SGBV/HP; and (2) Outcome Area 5 of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund’s Theory of Change: Women and girls’ safety, security and human rights are enhanced.

The Initiative will leverage multi-stakeholder partnerships, galvanize political commitments at the highest levels and contribute to achieving the SDGs (Goals 5 and 16 in particular). The Initiative’s Global Theory of Change entails a comprehensive approach to drive transformative change through the following six Outcomes/Pillars: (1) Outcome 1: Enacting and strengthening legislative and policy frameworks; (2) Outcome 2: Building gender-responsive national and sub-national systems and institutions; (3) Outcome 3: Supporting evidence-based prevention programmes to promote gender equitable social norms, attitudes and behaviors; (4) Outcome 4: Establishing and strengthening available, accessible, acceptable, and quality essential  services; (5) Outcome 5: Ensuring quality, disaggregated and globally comparable data; and Outcome 6: Strengthening and supporting women’s rights groups and autonomous civil society organizations.

2) Eligibility

National and local women led, or women’s rights focused civil society organizations are eligible to apply. Women’s grassroots/local/community-based organizations are particularly encouraged to apply. Joint CSOs projects are allowed and encouraged.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Uganda.

4) Budget

Grant amount ranges from $20,000 to $200,000.

5) Application

Application packages can be emailed to: Claire.hawkins(a)unwomen.org and; Julia.doublait(a)unwomen.org. The deadline for submission of proposals is 22nd August 2019.