The European Union (EU) and the United Nations have embarked on a new, global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG) known as the EU/UN Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative places all forms of violence against women and girls at the center of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is a new joined-up approach and partnership between the UN and the EU to deliver on the SDGs in an integrated manner in line with respective mandates.
A key component of the programme is to eliminate Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), and Harmful Practices (HPs) and increase women’s and girls’ access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHRs).
Through a comprehensive approach, the Spotlight Initiative will focus its work on eliminating SGBV and HP, and addressing SRHR, through six key pillars:
1) developing and implementing relevant legislation and policies
2) strengthening national and sub-national institutions
3) preventing violence through evidence-based programmes and campaigns
4) establishing essential services for victims and survivors
5) ensuring the collection and use of prevalence and incidence data
6) working with civil society organizations and women’s movements
This programme intervention seeks to provide alternative economic livelihood for female traditional practitioners as a means of abandoning the practice of FGM in their communities and society, but at the same time equip them with options of livelihood/economic opportunity.
To a greater extent, it considers the community leaders, traditional and religious leaders and community members including vulnerable and marginalized groups in addressing social and behaviours change that ensure an environment for women and girls to live free of all forms of violence against them.
In light of the above, UN Women has received funding under the European Union/United Nations Liberia Spotlight Initiative (LSI) to implement project interventions linked to provision of alternative economic activities for female traditional practitioners. Thus, the project under the LSI will invest in access to alternative economic activities through access to business development/literacy, access to finance through small grants and investment for innovative alternatives such as the Climate-smart Agriculture for traditional practitioners.
This Call for Proposal will provide the opportunity for potential partner organizations to apply, wherein UN Women will identify and select one or more partners to implement this project. The selected partner(s) will then be expected to deliver on project activities as reflected in the Terms of Reference.