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Call for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations’ Initiatives to Advance Women’s Participation and Respect for Women’s Rights in Peace and Democracy Building

Call for Proposals for Civil Society Organizations’ Initiatives to Advance Women’s Participation and Respect for Women’s Rights in Peace and Democracy Building

UN Women invites civil society organizations to submit proposals for projects

that will contribute to accelerating the implementation of UN Security Council

Resolutions on women, peace and security (1325, from 2000; 1820, from

2008; 1888 and 1889, from 2009; and 1960, from 2010) by advancing the

practical realization of the resolutions’ goals in national laws, policies and

practices that promote women’s participation in peace and security processes

and the fulfillment of their human rights.

The call is open to registered civil society organizations from Bosnia

and Herzegovina.

Deadline for receiving submissions: 21st of February, 2011


1. Introduction

UN Women was created in July 2010 by UN General Assembly Resolution 64/298 and

merges mandates and responsibilities of four previously distinct UN entities: United Nations

Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and

Advancement of Women (OSAGI), International Research and Training Institute for the

Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) and Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW).

Through its country and regional programmes and projects in South Eastern Europe, UN

Women provides technical and financial assistance to partners in implementation of their

international and national commitments to women’s rights and gender equality. One of the

priority areas for UN Women is strengthening implementation of women’s peace and

security agenda through women’s participation in conflict resolution and peace processes, in

accordance to the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security

(UN SCR 1325, from 2000; UN SCR 1820, from 2008; UN SCRs 1888 and 1889, from 2009; and

UN SCR 1960, from 2010).

UN Women is launching a new regional project to Advance Implementation of UN

SCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in Western Balkans (2011-2013), supported by the

Government of Norway. The project builds on the results and partnerships developed in

recent years under previous projects: From Post-Conflict to Development: Advancing Gender

Equality and Women’s Human Rights in Kosovo (UN SCR 1244) and Implementing UNSCR

1325 on Women, Peace and Security – Phase I (2006-2007) and Women Building Peace and

Human Security in the Western Balkans: Implementing UNSCR 1325 – Phase II (2008-2011).

The overall goal of the project is to support development of capacities of the key security

actors and of organizations and networks of gender equality and human rights advocates to

implement and monitor the commitments derived from UN SCR 1325 and subsequent

resolutions, as expressed in national laws, policies, strategies or plans. The project is

implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Republic of Serbia and Kosovo

under SCR 1244 (1999).

2. Focus of the call

UN Women invites civil society organizations (CSOs) with expertise in gender equality,

human rights and/or peace and security issues, working in Bosnia and Herzegovina to submit

proposals, individually or jointly with other CSOs, that focus on one or several of the

following areas:

a) Building inter-ethnic dialogue and inter-religious cooperation of actors such as

community organizations, leaders and educators. Inter-ethnic dialogue and interreligious

cooperation (dialogue among multiple confessions) are important

components of broader peace building and reconciliation initiatives;

b) Empowering women to participate in peace consolidation and reconciliation

processes, including transitional justice;


c) Establishing mechanisms of dialogue and cooperation between CSOs and national or

local governments, including their legislative bodies towards fulfillment of women’s

rights and implementation of commitments under international and national

frameworks on women, peace and security;

d) Monitoring of fulfillment of commitments under the Action Plan on UN SCR 1325 or

similar strategies, including by collecting data, compiling and disseminating regular

reports and briefs, organizing workshops to discuss progress towards


e) Policy-oriented advocacy towards fulfillment of women's and girls' human rights and

safety and security needs. A priority issue in this area is providing reparations to

women and girls who suffered sexual violence during and in the immediate

aftermath of the 1992-1995 conflict. Projects may focus on collecting and presenting

relevant quantitative and qualitative data; or conducting gender-responsive

budgeting initiatives to advocate for budgetary allocations (at national and local

levels) to better reflect specific needs of women subjected to sexual violence during

and after conflict.

f) Responding to the needs and fulfilling the rights of survivors or sexual violence and

torture during war and focusing on especially neglected categories of women among

survivors, such as those who are illiterate, live in poverty or belong to discriminated

groups, such as Roma;

The guiding framework document for the implementation of projects should be the Action

Plan for Implementation of the UNSC Resolution 1325 adopted by the Council of Ministers

on the 27th of July 2010 and related measures in the Gender Action Plan of BiH (adopted in

2006), the National Development Strategy (2010-2013), the Social Inclusion Strategy (2008-

2013), the Startegy to Prevent and Combat Domestic Violence in BiH (2009-2011) and the 3rd

National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (2008-2012).

Projects should clearly formulate a capacity development strategy and explain what specific

capacity development tools (trainings, study visits, mentorship, use of specific expertise) will

be used and how the increase in individual and organizational capacities will be measured.

3. Guiding Principles in designing the projects:

• Human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches that place first priority on

promoting, protecting and fulfilling the human rights of women and girls, as well as

strengthening institutional capacities at local levels to eliminate all forms of

discrimination against women.

• Transformation of inequitable gender norms and power disparities between women and

men and empowerment of women and girls to thrive as equals.

• Holistic responses that address women’s inter-related rights and needs, including safety,

access to health, and economic security.


• Focus on priority groups, including those living in poverty or otherwise especially

excluded or disadvantaged, and ensuring responsiveness to diversity.

• Coordination and multi-sectoral partnerships, including among government, nongovernmental,

women’s and other civil society groups, employers and workers’


• Commitment to sharing knowledge, by documenting, evaluating and disseminating

results, and working with UN Women staff in the process.

• Evidence-based programming, building on lessons learned and recommended practices,

to ensure optimal results and use of resources.

4. Funding levels and duration of proposals

Budget requests should be up to 50,000 USD total. Projects should be implemented for not

more than 20 months, starting no later than April 1st, 2011 and finishing before December

30th, 2012.

5. Application Process

Who can apply?

The Call for Proposals is open to registered civil society organizations working in Bosnia and

Herzegovina. Applications are encouraged particularly from women’s organizations and

human rights organizations.

How, Where and When to Apply?

Eligible applicants are expected to submit proposals using the attached Application form and

Budget template.

Submissions should be sent by e-mail with a signed cover letter and endorsements,

wherever applicable. Please submit your proposal to the following email address:

Ova e-mail adresa je zaštićena od spam robota, nije vidljiva ako ste isključili JavaScript The subject of the email should be: “Application

Women, Peace and Security, Bosnia and Herzegovina”.

Proposals can be submitted in English only. The deadline for submission of proposals is

February 21, 2010, 17:00, CET. Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered.

UN Women CSEE contacts:

Grosslingova 35

811 09 Bratislava

Slovak Republic

Phone: +421-2-59 337-324

Fax: +421-2-59 337-171


6. Appraisal and selection

All project proposals will be appraised based on the overall quality as demonstrated by the

results-oriented nature of the proposal and the alignment of the proposed intervention with

the focus of the call. Priority will be given to proposals that foster cooperation, including

with grass-roots organizations. Those successful in the first round will be invited to develop

detailed work plans.

The following indicative criteria may be used to assess proposals:

a) Quality of proposal, ensuring that there is a strong link between the issues to be

addressed and the planned activities and results anticipated

b) Realism and feasibility of results.

c) Institutional capacity to implement project

d) Strategic partnerships necessary for project success identified

e) Takes advantage of existing opportunities such as ongoing reforms

f) Clearly defined focus responding to one or several of the focus areas of the call

g) Justifiable budget


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