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Sectors: Citizenship, Education - Training, Health, Human Rights, Innovation, Justice - Security, Local development, Services, Social Affairs, Youth

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific

Category: Call for proposals


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Additional info regions:

Only entities established in Sierra Leone are eligible


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Funds for: Contributing to women and girls’ empowerment and gender equality in Sierra Leone
Main beneficiaries: CSOs, NGOs, private-sector non-profit agencies

Responsible: European Commission


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Funds for: contributing to women and girls’ empowerment and gender equality in Sierra Leone
Main beneficiaries: CSOs, NGOs, private-sector non-profit agencies

Priorities and funded actions:

* To contribute to women and girls’ empowerment and gender equality in Sierra Leone;
* To promote the rights of women and girls and reduce all forms of sexual and gender-based violence;
* To strengthen the operational, management and technical capacity of national CSOs to recognise and respond to development needs

* Ending violence against women and girls:
– Elimination of all forms of sexual or gender-based violence (SGBV) through various approaches that empower women and girls to prevent, end, avoid and escape from violence and violent situations (e.g. increased social, political and economic empowerment)
* Capacity building:
– Building sustainable and long-term operational, management and technical capacities of local and national-level CSOs and platforms to enhance their contribution to the development and governance processes

Among financed actions
* Challenging discriminatory social norms, attitudes and practices against women and girls (like domestic and sexual violence, FGM, child or early marriage),  by developing specific strategies for primary prevention of SGBV including through community and/or school-based approaches and interventions or working with men and boys on changing gender norms and the acceptability of violence against women and girls, and other related interventions;
* Ensuring survivors’ access to gender-sensitive justice, including transitional justice, for example through legal advice and support, access to quality health and other services and support such as safe spaces, crisis counselling, support to female-headed households, among others;
* Providing sufficient gender-sensitive protection from violence and exploitation for women and girls including responding to the needs and rights of especially excluded and underserved groups among target groups; 
* Promoting the healthy development and community re-integration of victims of SGBV, through case management, psychosocial care, educational/vocational training and employment;
*  Advocacy at the national level: to devise and implement policies and legislation to fight GBV (legislative process reform) and to ensure greater compliance with international obligations;
* Transfer of know-how and experience in relation to the objectives of the call by providing training and capacity building, peer assistance and tutoring  of local CSOs in relation to different aspects of girl’s and women’s empowerment (gender-based violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights as themes of this call  

Additional information
* This is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance, only concept notes will be evaluated

* Initial duration of the project: between 24 and 30 months

* Eligibility
– Be a legal person;
– Be non-profit-making;
– Be a civil society organisation such as non-governmental non-profit organisations and independent political foundations, community-based organisations  and private-sector non-profit agencies, institutions and organisations and networks thereof at the local and national level;
– Lead applicant must have a minimum of 4 years of solid demonstrated experience of working in gender equality and women’s empowerment
– Be established in Sierra Leone;

– Lead applicant must act together with at least one international CSO/NGO as a co-applicant;
– Co-applicants must be established in a Member State of the European Union, the European Economic Area or in Sierra Leone;

– Actions must take place in Sierra Leone