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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Education - Training, Health, Human Rights, Justice - Security, Local development, Public Management, Social Affairs, Youth

Beneficiaries: Administrations States, Agencies Chambers, Development NGOs, Federations Unions, International Organisation, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Schools, Universities

Regions: Balkans, Candidate countries, Developing countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European Commission


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This call for proposals aims to contribute to the fight against Harmful Practices, notably female genital mutilation, child marriage and killings of elderly people due to witchcraft accusations in Tanzania.

Priorities and funded actions:

– To provide tangible support and means of action to local civil society, including community-based organizations and religious associations, in the promotion of women and children rights in their actions to combat female genital mutilation, child marriage and/or killings of elderly people due to witchcraft accusations

– To promote civil society actions relating to adoption, ratification, and implementation of international human rights commitments, with specific reference to women and children rights
– To promote civil society action towards sensitisation and advocacy of women and children rights and the fight against harmful practices
– To promote civil society action towards the implementation of national strategies to combat violence against women and children
– To promote research and data collection on harmful practices as well as collection of good practices to counter them
– To provide support and protection to women and children victims or potential victims of female genital mutilation, child marriage and/or killings due to witchcraft allegations
– Considering the cultural sensitivity involving issues around harmful practices, association with local and religious authorities and local communities is strongly recommended. Association with administrative authorities at national, regional and local level, academic institutions and local civil society organizations is also encouraged

Among financed actions
– Support to civil society organisations’ policy advocacy, lobbying, researching, analysis, documenting, monitoring and implementation strategies on violations of women and children’s rights
– Legal and paralegal services, psychological counselling and emergency assistance (psychological, medical, mediation and/or reintegration) are provided for women and children victims of above-mentioned harmful practices
– Training and awareness-raising targeting the police, especially the officials at Gender and Children Desks, and local paralegal authorities as well as local health workers and traditional midwives and circumcisers; equipping them with basic legal knowledge to provide advice and referrals to community members who want to report abuse
– Support to the establishment of strong institutional and political links between local, community and national levels and support to the creation and strengthening of partnerships and networks of civil society organizations 
– Provision of technical support and mobilization of resources for local groups to initiate community-based activities to counter FGM, child marriage or killings of elderly people
– Community-based actions such as organising events with traditional leaders and communities on gender identity and awareness-raising targeting children, youth and their families 
– Providing accessible comprehensive information on discrimination, for instance translating in local languages international and/or national legal instruments
– Alternative income-generating activities for the families that participate in above-mentioned harmful practices