Short-Term Grants: supporting CSO initiatives to address urgent gaps on women’s influence in peace processes.  

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The Short-Term Grants stream is an opportunity for civil society organizations to implement urgent projects that address diverse barriers to women’s meaningful participation in a formal peace process or implementation of a peace agreement. Grants are awarded up to 100,000 USD for a project for a maximum period of six months, and the stream is open to all ODA-eligible countries where formal peace processes (Track 1 & 2) or the implementation of peace agreements are taking place.

The grant is provided through an INGO partner of the WPHF RRW. The INGO partner will also provide technical and strategic support or any useful guidance for the CSO initiative if needed.

The type of initiatives can include advocacy campaigns for women’s participation in a peace negotiations, preparatory sessions and capacity-building for women participating in decision-making processes, strategic planning to access and engage with key decision-makers, organize and draft participatory declarations to influence a peace process, mechanisms to monitor the gender provisions of a peace agreement, etc.

Please note that a formal registration is necessary and only CSOs or coalitions among CSOs can apply for this stream. The lead applicant organization must have legal status and must submit proof of legal registration with the application package. Exceptionally, a registration in another country can be accepted if the registration in the country of intervention is complicated due to conflict.

There is no deadline for applications. The RRW is demand-driven and accepts submissions on a rolling basis.

Apply for support today

Email your application to WPHF-RRW@UNWOMEN.ORG.
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See below some examples of WPHF RRW Short-Term Grants:

  • In Eswaitini, together with Cordaid, the RRW is supporting Women Unlimited Eswatini (WUE) to coordinate and amplify women’s voices and participation in current democratic dialogues and peace forums to ensure that women’s rights and demands are included. In parallel, WUE, with the technical assistance of Cordaid, is strengthening the capacity of women’s coalition members and women-led CSO leaders in national peace-making and conflict management and negotiation.
  • In Guatemala, together with NIMD, the RRW is supporting Asociación Mujer Tejedora del Desarrollo (AMUTED), a women’s rights/led organization, to increase the participation and inclusion of indigenous women in the implementation of the formal peace agreement, and the involvement of mediators/activists, specifically linked to the Guatemala Peace Accords of 1996, culminating in the Agreement on a Firm and Lasting Peace between the State and guerrillas.
  • In Mozambique, together with NIMD, the RRW is supporting the Institute for Multiparty Democracy of Mozambique (IMD) to improve women’s inclusion on the peace and DDR process — in line with the provisions of the Definitive Peace Agreement signed on 6 August 2019 — through a dialogue platform with different social and political actors.
  • In Palestine, together with GPPAC, the RRW is supporting the Palestinian Center for Peace and Democracy (PCPD) to create evidence through i) youth-led research on the status of women in participation in peace processes; ii) drafting recommendations for negotiation teams and political leadership through three workshops; and iii) training young women to effectively engage in peace processes as a technical advisory unit or as direct representatives to a future negotiation team.
  • In South Sudan, together with Cordaid, the RRW is supporting Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) to enhance the knowledge and influence the capacities of women and young people in relation to the implementation of the R-ARCSS agreement. The project engages women and youth through capacity building and awareness raising to enhance their roles in peacebuilding.
  • In Syria, together with the INGO WILPF, the RRW is supporting three projects. Through dialogue meetings with influential women in local communities inside Syria and in asylum countries (Turkey, Germany and France), Zenobia Association for Syrian Women, is submitting recommendations and suggestions of Syrian women to the Constitutional Committee and its international sponsors to ensure that gender and women’s rights are satisfactorily represented in the new Syrian constitution, which is under preparation. Through meetings and advocacy, BADAEL is bringing together a group of peace process advisors (academics, NGOs, and civil society representatives) and grassroots leaders (local women peacebuilders, WHRDs, and women-led CSOs) to exchange knowledge and collaborate to influence the peace process and develop an advocacy message that puts the voices of grassroots women peacebuilders and women human rights defenders at the center. Dawlaty is empowering women leaders belonging to families of political detainees and forcibly disappeared persons in Syria (part of the “Families for Freedom” movement) to channel their voices and needs through meetings with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers, and increase their participation in formal peace process negotiations during the United Nations Peace Conference on Syria, hosted in Geneva.

See below a recording of the webinar on Rapid Response Window streams: