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UN Women Call for Proposals – CFP 02 /2017

UN Women Uganda Country Office invites NGOs and CSOs for the following:

Call objective: To develop and implement a project aimed at conducting civic education and enhancing community understanding of gender equality and women’s right to political participation.

Duration 1 year (March 2017–March 2018)

Organizational Unit Women’s Political participation and leadership

Geographic Area of Implementation National

Background/Context:

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts while building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under its mandate to support member states to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) gender- related targets in general and in particular SDG 5 (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) with a target of ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life. UN Women Uganda is pleased to announce a Call for Proposals (see Annex I for detailed guidelines on preparing the Proposals) from women-led Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) with innovative and high impact programmes on the advancement of gender equality, protection of women’s rights and the empowerment of women to help localize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 by promoting women’s political participation and leadership.

Women are significantly under-represented in political and electoral processes be it as voters, candidates, elected representatives or electoral administrators. In Uganda as of February 2016, Women consist of 32.8% of the National Parliament. This political under- representation occurs despite many Government commitments to women’s right to participate equally in democratic governance and their proven abilities as leaders at different levels. Women’s political under- representation is due to the combined effects of institutional and structural constraints as well as cultural and attitudinal barriers that discourage women from having a role in public life. Structural barriers include lack of finances to run electoral campaigns and the high incidence of electoral violence which bar women from participating. In addition, negative media portrayal and cultural beliefs and perceptions are often biased against women in leadership positions. . The other constraint identified is the limited number of women with the required skills to mentor younger women to take interest in political participation, leadership and decision-making at different levels. Through this Call for Proposals, UN Women seeks proposals from women-led NGOs and other NGOs with strong track record in advancing gender equality and empowerment of women. Such NGOs will have proven capacity to develop and implement a programme to change negative social and cultural norms that hinder women from participating in politics and other leadership processes. The project also seeks to engage the media and improve the portrayal of women in leadership positions. The program will be implemented in the selected districts in Kampala, Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions and in Eastern Uganda

The overall objective of the program is:

• To enhance community understanding of gender equality and women’s right to political participation and leadership

• To enhance the capacity of the media to promote positive portrayals of women leaders and gender equality as a social goal.

• To build the capacity of cultural institutions to advocate for and promote women’s role in leadership and decision making

• To facilitate implementation of gender, culturally and conflict sensitive civic education on women's rights and political participation

All submissions should be delivered through one of the following: Personal Delivery/ Courier mail/ Registered Mail addressed to:
The Country Representative,
UN Women Uganda Plot 17-19,
Clement hill road,
Kampala, Uganda with subject line indicating REF: PPL/ Call for Proposals CFP/02/2017. otherwise applications will not be accepted within this call.

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