OSISA Women’s Rights Programme Call for Proposals

Seeking grant proposals for interventions that seek to challenge the causes, remove the barriers, capitalize on the opportunities and catalyse transformation.

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July 4th, 2016

The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) invites grant proposals for interventions that seek to challenge the causes, remove the barriers, capitalize on the opportunities and catalyse transformation and change processes – across the political, socio-economic and legal spheres of women’s lives within and across the SADC region.

OSISA is a growing African institution committed to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance. It forms part of the global network of Open Society Foundations and operates regionally from offices in Johannesburg and nationally in ten southern African countries: - Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. OSISA has country programme offices in Angola and DRC.

Women in Southern Africa remain excluded from meaningfully participating in political, social and economic spheres. They are in the majority, yet occupy an average of 30% of parliamentary seats. Women comprise up to 80% of the workforce in agriculture, yet own or manage less than 25% of agricultural land. Whilst they dominate the largely “informal” economic sector in many countries, they face many policy and legal obstacles let alone recognition of their contribution. While OSISA’s focus on strengthening women’s participation in politics has over the years seen progressive increase of women elected to parliaments, we have learnt that economic disadvantage is at the heart of women’s disempowerment, exclusion and inequality. OSISA intends to do more to enhance women’s meaningful participation and benefit from economic activity. Working with women’s organisations and groups, OSISA will support stronger women’s participation in key sectors of agriculture and mining, intending to making these sectors specifically work better for, and benefit women. OSISA will also support work on extractives, economic justice and the food security shared framework to advance women’s rights and economic empowerment. OSISA’s Response Strategy

OSISA is requesting interventions and grant proposals that seek to challenge the causes, remove the barriers, capitalize on the opportunities and catalyse transformation and change processes – across the political, socio-economic and legal spheres of women’s lives. Such proposals will demonstrate an appreciation of the intersectionalities and the multi-layered nature of women’s oppression and marginalization. We are mindful of the fact that women’s systematic marginalisation in the political arena inevitably leads to disempowerment in economic, social and other spheres – and vice versa. We are specifically seeking proposals from Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe that are aimed at advancing three key strategic objectives:

  1. Promoting Women’s Economic Justice
    1. Promoting women’s access to quality social services in urban and rural areas;
    2. Empowering women in selected key economic sectors (i.e. rural women farmers, women informal traders, women in the extractives sector, domestic workers, among others) and enabling them to demand economic justice;
    3. Building broad-based women’s movements and amplifying the voices of the least heard and most marginalised women (especially indigenous women, rural women, women informal traders, domestic workers and others) to influence policy and programmes that affect their lives.
  2. Promoting Women’s Social and Legal Rights
    1. Advocating for gender-responsive policy and legal frameworks to protect women’s rights and enhance women’s access to justice (especially economic and social justice); and
    2. Ending violence against women (VAW) in selected sectors (i.e. in the extractive sectors, informal trade spaces, and domestic workspaces) as well as addressing the structural causes of violence against women and girls.
  3. Women’s Leadership and Inclusive Participation
    1. Improving the quality of women’s collective leadership in politics and decision-making at local government and national levels;
    2. Building the capacity of women already in public office at various levels to engage effectively and participate in policy shaping;
    3. Enhancing women leaders’ knowledge and skills to effectively engage with the multi-layers and dynamics of power shaping public policy in the region;
    4. Creating and strengthening alternative spaces to enhance women’s inclusive participation beyond politics (e.g. community mobilisation, civil society spaces, etc.);
    5. Building and enhancing agency and vibrancy in women’s movements across thematic sectors.

Proposals that demonstrate an appreciation of the intersectionalities of women’s oppression and marginalization across these sectors are highly preferred.

What OSISA will not fund:

The OSISA Women’s Rights programme will not fund:

  1. Projects that seek to provide direct services to beneficiaries (e.g. seed packs, food hampers, textbooks, sanitary towels, etc.);
  2. Physical infrastructure (e.g. building shelters, building schools, etc.); and  
  3. Research that is not part of clearly defined advocacy strategies/initiatives.

Please send proposals to with the title Women’s Rights Proposal in the subject line. Should you require additional information, please contact or see the link . The deadline for submission is 29 July 2016 for projects envisaged to commence after October 2016. Multi-year grants will also be considered.

 

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