Women-led civil society organizations are essential actors in peace processes. Their influence leads to broadened dialogue, stronger peace agreements and higher implementation rates of agreement provisions.
Women have a right to meaningful participation, yet they remain significantly underrepresented in peace processes worldwide.
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund has launched a new Rapid Response Window (RRW) to address the funding gap on women’s participation in peace processes.
The WPHF RRW provides financing for strategic and urgent services and initiatives that support the participation of women peacebuilders and women’s civil society organizations in national, subnational and international formal peace processes. This new funding mechanism is open to peace processes in all ODA eligible countries with a track 1 or track 2 peace process, including non WPHF-eligible countries.
The WPHF RRW has two primary funding streams:
Funding Stream 1: Direct Support (currently open for applications) – the RRW directly finances the provision of services to ensure women’s access and influence in track 1 and track 2 peace processes. This includes logistical and technical support that would increase the likelihood of a woman CSO representative to actively participate in or influence a peace process or the implementation of a peace agreement – such as the cost of travel arrangements, childcare, access for persons with disabilities, interpretation needs, expert advisory support, etc.
Please note, financing for CSO projects is not eligible under Stream 1 Direct Support. Successful applicants receive services, not funding. Services will be purchased and arranged directly from the WPHF RRW Secretariat on behalf of selected applicants.
Funding Stream 2: Short-term Grants (currently closed) – the RRW works with a range of partners to deliver rapid grants (6 months maximum) for projects that address diverse barriers to women’s influence and participation in peace processes or the implementation of a peace agreement.
Apply for support today.
Do you represent a local or national civil-society organization searching for urgently-needed direct support for a service to enhance women’s influence and participation in a current peace process?
Download the Application Materials & Apply
Email your application to WPHF-RRW@unwomen.org.