Advancing Women’s Economic and Political EmpowermentThrough High-Impact Grants2009 -2011 Results
"While women’s participation in politics is one side of the coin, the other side is economic empowerment. When women have an income, they have more inde- pendence, and this makes other rights possible. We need to urgently open up economic opportunities for women. With the right policies, change can happen quickly" Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN WomenWomen make up more than half the world’s population, but the majority of themlive in poverty.For their lives to change, they need access to and control of economic resourcesand political power: to speak out, run for offi ce, and support themselves and theircommunities.UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is dedicated to supporting pioneeringnational and regional initiatives that help women determine their own lives,influence others and lay the foundations for a brighter future.The Fund commenced in 2009. In only three years since its inception, the Fund hasinvested USD $43 million in support of 55 grantee partners in 40 countries andcatalized significant grantee results: from securing decent employment for 7,000Dalit women in India, to supporting women’s organizations and parliamentariansin El Salvador to create a gender equality law that was passed in 2011, tomainstreaming gender in agricultural policies in Uganda and Zimbabwe.With generous contributions from Spain (USD $65 Million), Norway (USD $3.5Million), Mexico (USD $800,0000) and the Netherlands (USD $1.2 Million) as well asindividual donations, the Fund’s total corpus is USD $71 million and constitutes oneof the world’s largest grantmaking funds dedicated to advancing the cause ofwomen’s equality globally.
TYPES OF GRANTSWomen’s Political Empowerment Grants aim at increasing women’s political participation, representation, leadership, andinfluence in all spheres of women’s lives, including through trainings and education, and focusing on young women leaders.Women’s Economic Empowerment Grants aim at increasing women’s access to and control over resources and assets– including land, water, technology, and viable employment – while also addressing the disproportionate burden of unpaid carework on women and girls, with particular emphasis on holistic and environmentally sustainable development approaches. Women’s Political and Economic Empowerment Grants 2009 -2011* (in Millions of $) *Includes 2011 Grant Awards from FGE October 2011 Call for Proposals in the Arab States Region
HOW WE WORKWe provide high-impact multi-year grants of up to US$1 Million with tailored technical assistance to local, national and regional organizations aswell as government partners to advance gender equality with concrete changes for millions of women and communities.The Fund is designed for results. Grants are provided on a competitive basis directly to government agencies and civil society organizations fromaround the world. With low operating expenses and a high delivery, the Fund is a powerful engine to support the mandate of UN Women in twopriority areas: Women’s Economic and Political Empowerment.Managed by a Secretariat located in NY, every two years during the month of March and in commemoration of International Women’s Day, the Fundlaunches a Call for Proposals, manages a world-wide competitive review process, awards grants, aggregates grantee results, facilitates and sharesknowledge among grantees, conducts monitoring and evaluation activities, and raises visibility and resources for grantees.The Fund’s multi-lingual and transparent online application process is structured to attract wide-ranging high quality proposals. A high calibreindependent Technical Committee composed of leading national, regional and thematic experts, review each proposal.Once grants are awarded, the Fund relies on UN Women’s Political, Economic and Geographic Advisors as well as Regional Monitoring Specialistsand Country Offi cersto provide strategic support for programme implementation, position the grantees at UN Country teams, play a bridging rolebetween government and civil society, provide technical capacities on Results Based Management, and facilitate complementarily with UN WomenCountry Offi ces.A Steering Committee comprised of donor and programme countries, multilateral agencies, and civil society representatives ratifies grantrecommendations and dictates policies for the Fund.
GRANTEES’ RESULTS (2009-2011) “We are convinced that women will one day achieve full equality” Fund for Gender Equality 1st Grantee Forum in Colombia, 2011 We support grantee programmes that deliver women’s political and economic empowerment with tangible and significant impact in the lives of women and girls. Together grantees are advancing gender equality goals enshrined in National Gender Equality Laws and Policies as well as Regional and International agreements (Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Beijing Platform of Action, and the Belem do Pará, among others.)PHOTO LAURA WATERBURY
WOMEN’S POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT GRANTEE RESULTS 2009-2011 Engaging in Electoral Processes Only 19 women are currently serving as elected Heads of State or Government and women are outnumbered four to one in legislatures. By the end of 2014, grantees supported by the Fund for Gender Equality working on electoral processes will have in aggregate introduced over 1,700 women into electoral politics Grantees’ Key results of date (2009-2011): Constitutional Court Act, the Judiciary Law, the Law of Autonomy and Decentralization and the Demarcation Law. (Grantee Coordina- dora de la Mujer & grassroots organizations, US$2.4 Million for 3 years) electoral lists. Large scale local and national media campaigns and a petition with 36,000 signatures boosted the women candidates’ visibility and support. (Grantee Women and Media Collective, US$ $496,977 for 2 years) SUMA programme aiming at increasing women’s political participation in 10 states of Mexico is yielding impressive results. So far, the first 20122 election in Michoacán saw an increase in the number of women mayors from 5 to 12 percent. Women’s representation in Congress increased from 12.5 to 37.5 percent. (Grantee Equidad de Género with Inmujeres’ support, US$3.1 Million for 3 years) - ments to pass a proposal for gender parity in electoral processes at local, state and federal levels (Grantee SOS CORPO & Secretariat for Women’s Policies, US$3 Million for 3 years) A new grant in Egypt has been awarded (2011-2012) to women’s organizations to train and support 1,000 women in Egypt who aspire to play a central leadership role in national political processes (Grantee Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights, US$545,000) A new grant in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has been awarded (2011-2012) to empower 10,000 women to engage in constitution writing (Grantees Palestinian Centre for Peace and Democracy & the Jerusalem Centre for Women, US$200,000)
Expanding and Strengthening Women’s LeadershipLaws, policies and institutions around the world often lack gender and women’s rights perspectives. Women remain underrepresented in the decision-making bodies that impact their lives: from farmers’ cooperatives to local governments to social movements. Support in expanding and strengthening theirleadership skills so as to influence policies in a meaningful way is much needed.By the end of 2014, Fund for Gender Equality grantees will have helped over 13.6 million women and other beneficiaries strengthen theirleadership skills and capacities to influence diﬀerent decision making bodies and eﬀectively engender policies and frameworks.Grantees’ Key results of date (2009-2011): • In aggregate, grantees have catalized over 24 legislative and policy changes in support of gender equality in 12 countries between 2009 and 2011 • In El Salvador, a massive public campaign on the creation of a gender equality law was launched. Strategic work with Parliamentarians was under- taken. The law passed in March 2011. (Grantees Las Dignas & Las Mélidas of the Concertación Prudencia Ayala, US$ 500,000 for 2 years) • Seven Small Island Pacific States(Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Nauru, Republic of Marshall Islands and Tuvalu) endorsed the Small Islands State Sub- Regional Action Plan on Supporting Women’s Participation in Decision Making Processes 2010-2015 in the last year (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, PIFS, US$200,000 for 2 years) • In Bosnia and Herzegovina, 180 young women leaders have engendered the implementation of municipal youth strategies and, using social media tools and technology, have mobilized over 6,000 people to support national and municipal youth policies with a gender perspective. Other municipalities are now replicating this programme. (Grantees KULT Association, BH Experts Association & Kosnica, US$462,770 for 2 years) • In Nepal, so far 34 innovative episodes of weekly radio programme on gender equality were broadcasted across 75 districts through 205 community radio stations reaching over 12 million people. (Grantee Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, US$ 394,000 for 2 years) • Globally, Indigenous women have successfully increased Indigenous women’s representation in key decision-making positions within Indigenous Peoples’ movements (such as in the Presidency of the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues) and are influencing Rio+20 and MDG Summit+10 processes including commitments that outline respect for the fundamental freedoms of indigenous peoples based on equality, non- discrimination, and diversity. (Grantee International Forum of Indigenous Women, FIMI US$300,000 for 2 years) • In the Dominican Republic, a gender perspective has been mainstreamed in the National Strategy of the Information Society e-Dominicana and first draft of the new e-Dominicana has been created increasing women’s access to ICTs. (Grantee Centro de Investigación para la Acción Femenina, US$500,000 for 2 years)
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT GRANTEE RESULTS 2009-2011Supporting Rural WomenPoverty remains a predominantly rural phenomenon. In some parts of the world, women represent 70 percent of the agricultural workforce. Yet they facediscrimination and unequal access to productive resources and opportunities. Furthermore, women still only own one percent of the world’s titled land andcontinue to carry the disproportionate burden of unpaid care work.By the end of 2014, grantees supported by the Fund will have helped over 8,470 rural women to gain access to their economic rights and productiveresources and managing those taking into account rural and indigenous women’s perspectives to achieve sustainable development.Grantees’ Results to date (2009-2011): the ECOWAS’ Policy Document of July 2010 (Grantees ABANTU & Ghana Gender and Climate Change Coalition, US$500,000 for 2 years) (Grantee Forum for Women in Democracy, FOWODE, US$205,000 for 2 years) can enjoy their rights as enshrined in the Rwandan constitution. Working with both local costumary and formal courts, so far, 1,034 claims are been processed by this network and by lawyers. (Grantees RCN Justice et Democratie & HAGURUKA, US$2 Million for 3 years) the Annual Assembly Board of one of the largest agricultural associations which congregates over 60,000 small and average agricultural producers in the country. (Grantee National Association of Agricultural and Commercial Producers, US$495,00 for 2 years) - istries such as the Ministries of Health, Water Resources and Energy. The goverment has increased an allocation from USD$2,000,000 to USD $3,000,000 to the Women’s Development Fund (WDF) to support rural women. (Grantee Zimbabwe Womens Resource Centre and Network, US$1.6 Million for 4 years)A new grant in Morocco has been awarded to support rural agricultural cooperatives for women in the high Eastern Atlas Mountains of Morocco, whereenvironmental destruction has eroded traditional grazing economies (Grantee Akhiam Association, US$260,000)
Ensuring Decent WorkSome 600 million women struggle to earn a living in insecure jobs, without decent wages and basic social protections and services. Women areoften paid less than men for their work, with an average wage gap of 17 percent. Women domestic workers, informal sector workers, and ruralwomen workers in particular face persistent discrimination and are denied the practical skills and capital necessary for a decent livelihood.Further, the disproportional burden of unpaid care and agricultural work on women limits their opportunities to engage in paid work, diversifytheir incomes and expand their wage employment which would contribute to increased power and autonomy and a more sustainable economy.By the end of 2014, Fund for Gender Equality grants in aggregate will have helped over 163,741 women secure decent work, over 114,433 womengains skills and resources, and over 4 million women gain protection and security for themselves and their families.Grantees’ Results to date (2009-2011): • In the Philippines, a Magna Carta for Workers in the Informal Economy Bill was approved by the House Committee on Labor and Employment on 2nd March 2011 (Grantee HomeNet South East Asia, US$100,000 for 2 years) • In Brazil, the Government has committed to drafting a law for women domestic workers, in alignment with the recently approved ILO Convention 189 and ensuring decent work and social protections. (Grantee SOS CORPO & Secretariat for Women’s Policies, US $3 Million for 3 years) • In Egypt, the government has actively promoted the private sectors’ adoption of the Gender Equity Seal to increase training and recruitment of women, particularly young and low-income women, establishing measures to reduce sexual harassment in the workplace and advancing women’s careers. (Grantee Ministry of Manpower & Social Research Center, US$2.4 Million for 4 years) • In India, more than 7,000 Dalit women obtained decent employment and several thousand now have bank accounts. (Grantees Gender at Work and DSS project of the Mitra Service Society, US$492,400 for 2 years)
Generating Sustainable Income and AssetsGrantees’ Results to date (2009-2011): micro-enterprise grants, have started their own savings facilities, and have demanded and obtained improved health care services. (Grantees Cambodia Health Education Media Services & US $1.1 Milion for 2 years) sustainable income-generating markets and eight newly constructed markets now have access to safe water and sanitation, storage facilities, electricity, spaces for daycare facilities for children as well as for training and health facilitiesA new grant in Algeria has been awarded to a partnership between the mayor’soffices and women’s NGOS in two Algerian cities to help 500 women becomeeconomically independent through local agriculture and small manufacturing(Grantee Association of Solidarity and Fight against Poverty and Exclusion, ELGHAITH, US$200,000)
WOMEN’S POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT GRANTS 2009-2011 Africa Nigeria BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights &Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) $480.000 Lebanon Palestinian Human Rights Organization – PHRO $437.140 Occupied Palestinian Territory* Dalia Association $200.000 Occupied Palestinian Territory* Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy & Jerusalem Center for Women $200.000 Arab States Egypt* Women and Memory Forum $200.000 Egypt, Libya, Yemen* Karama $565.000 Occupied Palestinian Territory* Association of Women Committees for Social Work $450.000 Egypt, Jordan, Occupied Palestinian Territory and Yemen* Stars of Hope Society $265.000 Egypt* Egyptian Center for Womens Rights $545.000 Iraq* Womens Empowerment Organization $215.000 Asia & the Pacific Occupied Palestinian Territory* Anabta Women Welfare Society $200.000 India Professional Assistance for Development Action (PRADAN) with Jagori womens org $2.549.974 China All-China Womens Federation (ACWF) $2.456.934 Pacific Islands Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat $200.000 Sri Lanka Women and Media Collective $496.977 Nepal Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal $394.000 Serbia Womens Space $120.625 Central Asia Ukraine All Ukrainian Network of P $499.921 Europe & Bosnia and Herzegovina KULT Young Women Org & BH Experts Association & Kosnica $462.770 Bosnia and Herzegovina Gender Center of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzego Offi c e $1.472.340 Kyrgyzstan Women Support Center (WSC) & Women-Entrepreneurs Support Association (WESA) $1.290.991 Dominican Republic Centro de Investigación para la Acción Femenina -CIPAF- $500.000 Latin America and the Caribbean Ecuador FUNDACION WAAPONI $489.657 Colombia Corporacion Sisma Mujer $163.361 Asociación de Mujeres por la Dignidad y la ida LAS DIGNAS & Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres Mélida Anaya Montes El Salvador $500.000 LAS MÉLIDAS "Global" International Indigenous Womens F Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (FIMI) $300.000 Mexico SUM Equidad de Género: Ciudadanía, Trabajo y Familia [Gender Equality: Citizenship, Work and Family] $3.048.086 Bolivia Asociación Coordinadora de la Mujer [Womens Coordination Offi c with several other grassroots womens NGOs e] $2.474.134 Jamaica Bureau of Womens A te Resolution Foundation $1.729.537 Secretaría Especial de Políticas para las Mujeres - SPM [Special Secretariat for Women’s Policies] & SOS Corpo, REDE and Brazil $3.000.000 Geledes TOTAL WOMENS POLITICAL EMPOWERMENT GRANTS 2009-2011 $25.906.447 *Indicates New Arab States Grantee, 2011-2012 Grant Cycle, Grants disbursed in March 2012
WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT GRANTS 2009-2011 Mozambique MUGEDE - Mulher, Genero e Desenvolvimento (Women, Gender and Development) $438.550 Uganda Forum for Women in Democracy (FOWODE) $205.000 Senegal Alliance Nationale Contre le Sida (ANCS) & SWAA SENEGAL $200.000 Cameroon Horizons Femmes $368.750 Africa Ghana ABANTU for Development & Ghana Gender and Climate Change Coalition $500.000 Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Market Womens Fund (SMWF/US & LIBERIA) $3.000.000 Rwanda RCN Justice & Democratie & HAGURUKA $2.000.000 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Womens Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN) $1.680.939 Egypt Al-Shehab Organization for Comprehensive Development & Egyptian Society for Economic and Social Rights $354.490 Occupied Palestinian Territory Bisan Center for Research and Development $450.000 Morocco Agence du Sud $460.000 Arab States Egypt Ministry of Manpower and Emigration & Social Research Center $2.400.000 Morocco* National Institution for Solidarity with Women, INSAF $545.000 Morocco* Akhiam Association $260.000 Algeria* Associaction of Solidarity and Fight Against Poverty and Exclusion, El Ghaith $200.000 Lebanon* Amel Association $325.000 Lebanon* Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon $280.000 Egypt* Ministry of Social Solidarity and Justice $400.000 Cambodia Cambodia Health Education Media Services (CHEMS) & Cambodian HIV/AIDS Education and Care (CHEC) $1.171.745 Asia & the Philippines Homenet Southeast Asia $100.000 Pacific India Rajasthan Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS IMPACT Partners in Social Development $255.182 Afghanistan Women and Children Legal Research Foundation $161.920 India Gender at Work & DSS project of the Mitra Service Society $492.400Europe &Central Russia/Tajikistan Regional Public Organization Center for Migration Studies & Fund Tajikistan, Information and Legal Center $420.000AsiaLatin México Asociación Nacional de Empresas Comercializadoras de Productores del Campo, A.C. $495.000America TOTAL WOMENS ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT GRANTS 2009-2011 $17.163.976 *Indicates New Arab States Grantee, 2011-2012 Grant Cycle, Grants disbursed in March 2012
UN WOMEN’S FUND FOR GENDER EQUALITY Economic and Political Empowerment Grant Investments: US$43 Million in 40 Countries (2009-2011) Egypt Lebanon Occupied Palestinian Territory ECO: $3,154,490 (3 grants) ECO: $605,000 (2 grants) ECO: $450,000 Ukraine POL: $745,000 (2 grants) POL: $437,140 POL: $1,050,000 (4 grants) POL: $499,921 Russia Serbia ECO: $420,000 Iraq POL: $120,625 POL: $215,000 Kyrgyzstan Dominican Republic POL: $1,290,991 POL: $500,000 Bosnia & Herzegovina POL: $1,935,110 (2 grants) Afghanistan Jamaica ECO: $161,920 POL: $1,729,537 Libya/Regional Mexico POL: $565,000 POL: $2,295,000 ECO: $495,000 China Algeria POL: $2,456,934 ECO: $200,000 Morocco ECO: $1,265,000 (3 grants) Nepal El Salvador POL: $394,000POL: $500,000 Senegal Colombia ECO: $200,000 Cambodia POL: $163,361 ECO: $1,171,745 Philippines Yemen/Regional ECO: $100,000 POL: $265,000 Liberia Ecuador ECO: $3,000,000 POL: $489,657 India ECO: $747,582 (2 grants) POL: $2,549,974 Peru/Global POL: $300,000 Uganda ECO: $205,000 Sri Lanka Pacific Islands/Regional (Cook Islands, Ghana POL: $496,977 Kiribati, Niue, Nauru, Republic of ECO: $500,000 Marshall Islands and Tuvalu) Bolivia POL: $200,000 POL: $2,474,134 Rwanda Zimbabwe ECO: $2,000,000 Nigeria ECO: $1,680,939 Brazil POL: $480,000 K Economic Empowerment FGE Grants ECO/POL: $3,000,000 E Y Poli cal Empowerment FGE Grants Cameroon Mozambique ECO: $368,750 ECO: $438,550 Both Poli/Eco FGE Grants
Get Involved, Make A Change, Donate: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret MeadThe Fund for Gender Equality has only begun, but already, it is supportingmillions of women to secure their rights and improve their lives. In lessthan two years, the grants have sparked change. There’s more to comeand so much to do.When the Fund began in 2009, 1,239 applicants from 127 countriessubmitted proposals, representing more than USD$3 billion in requests.Of those, the Fund could support only 1.2%, yet over 50% of applicantshad viable and strong proposals that could have been funded.This figure is a snap shot of the great need for support towards this cause,but it is also a testament of the potential to be unleashed.The time is now. Join us by contributing to UN Women’s Fund for GenderEquality.To donate, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.orgSecretariat:Ana Maria Enriquez, Chief866 UN Plaza Suite 540New York, NY 10017USAE-mail: email@example.comTels: 917.484.8091; Fax: 212.906.1921
Fund for Gender Equality Steering CommitteeDesign and Layout - firstname.lastname@example.org Ms. Michelle Bachelet Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women (Co-Chair) Representative of the Government of Spain (Government Contributor) (Co-Chair) Mr. Fredrik Arthur Ambassador for Gender and Equality, Norway (Government Contributor) Ms. Irma van Dueren Head, Gender Equality Division, Ministry of Foreign Aﬀairs, Netherlands (Government Contributor) Ms. Vabah Gayflor Minister of Gender, Liberia (Government) Ms. Nilofar Bakhtiar Former Member of Parliament and Special Advisor to the Secretary General of UNWTO on Women in Tourism, Pakistan (Government) HRH Princess Basma Bint Talal UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and Member of the Royal Family, Jordan (Government) Ms. Helen Clark Administrator, UNDP (Multilateral Agency) Ms. Jeni Klugman Director for Gender and Development, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, World Bank (Multilateral Agency) Ms. Otilia Lux de Cotí President, International Forum of Indigenous Women, Guatemala (Civil Society) Ms. Mary Rusimbi Founder Gender Networking Program, Tanzania (Civil Society) Ms. Lucy Garrido Member of Cotidiano Mujer, Uruguay (Civil Society)