UN WOMEN Call For Proposals

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011

The UN WOMEN Caribbean Office invites submission of project proposals from networks and organisations - governmental and non-governmental organisations (in the following countries: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos) focusing on initiatives that are most effective in advancing women’s human rights under one or more of the following thematic areas:
  1. Expanding women’s voice, leadership and participation- addressing the gaps in women’s leadership and participation in all sectors and demonstrating the benefits of such leadership for society as a whole.
  2. Ending violence against women– focusing on the mechanisms needed to formulate and enforce laws, policies and services that protect women and girls, promote the involvement of men and boys, and prevent violence.
  3. Strengthening implementation of women’s peace and security agenda– supporting women’s full participation in conflict resolution and peace processes, gender-responsive early-warning, protection from sexual violence and redress for its survivors in accordance with UN Resolutions.
  4. Enhancing women’s economic empowerment - in the context of global economic, food, fuel and environmental crises ensuring the full realization of women’s economic security and rights, including to decent work, productive assets and social protection.
  5. Making gender equality priorities central to national, local and sectoral planning, budgeting and statistics- promoting evidence-based planning, budgeting and statistics to assist countries to formulate and cost gender equality plans, ensure gender-responsive budgeting, support CEDAW reporting and build national capacity for CEDAW implementation.

Even if your organisation does not intend to submit a proposal, we would encourage you to share this information and attachments with your networks/partners or with organisations which have an interest in any one of the thematic areas

A total of six grants (maximum of US$60,000 each) will be disbursed based on a competitive review of project proposals.    Please follow the attached UN WOMEN guidelines, in preparing your proposals.  Proposals should be submitted no later than 18 March 2011 preferably by e-mail with a signed cover letter.

Please note that the project funding process is now more rigorous and will require greater effort on the part of grantees to ensure that the implementation time-line is on schedule, and that the requisite reports are results-based and submitted by the due dates agreed on.   As at 01 April 2011, all projects approved by UN WOMEN will now receive an initial tranche covering only up to 3 - 6 months of planned expenses.  Further tranches will be disbursed only on receipt of progress/financial reports accounting for 80 per cent of funds advanced.

We look forward to receiving your proposals.  Please do not hesitate to contact Sandra Edwards at sandra.edwards@unwomen.org or Tonni Brodber at

tonni-ann.brodber@unwomen.orgshould you have any queries.

Please click here for the detailed Project Proposal Guidelines