UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality Issues New Call for Proposals and Announces Grantees from the Arab States

At a high-level event at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York on March 1st 2012, Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director, issued a new call for proposals for UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality from organizations working to advance economic and political empowerment in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Central Asia.

“UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality provides direct grants for women’s empowerment and political participation,” said Ms. Bachelet. “These investments are essential for women and also for the promotion of gender equality, democracy and inclusive economic growth.”

The Fund’s goal is to advance women’s economic and political empowerment through funding of high-impact, innovative, multi-year grants of USD 200,000 to USD 1 million. The online application database will be open from 12 to 23 March 2012, and grants will be announced in October 2012.

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality began in 2009 as a global grant-making fund and an aid effectiveness instrument dedicated to the advancement of women’s economic and political empowerment. Grants are awarded directly to government agencies and women’s civil society organizations so that they can turn their gender equality commitments into real gains in the lives of women and girls at local, national or regional levels. Since its inception in 2009, the Fund has invested a total of USD 43 million in 40 countries around the world and is one of the largest grant-making mechanisms exclusively devoted to gender equality. The Fund was created with an initial contribution of USD 65 million from the Government of Spain, and has since expanded with contributions from Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands and individual donors.

All of the required information, including Frequently-Asked-Questions which should answer most questions interested applicants have on the who-what-how-why,  can be found on the Fund for Gender Equality website:  http://www.unwomen.org/how-we-work/fund-for-gender-equality/application-guidelines/.

Any questions relating to the Call should be addressed to: fund.genderequality@unwomen.org

Fund for Gender Equality