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Safety Net is for individual women human rights defenders (WHRD) from/working in conflict and crisis-affected countries who, due to their commitments to human rights and peace, currently face, or have faced risks with resulting impacts that continue to threaten their safety and/or ability to sustain their work. WHRDs require urgent support to ensure their protection and secure participation in peace building efforts.
SAFETY NET DOES NOT FUND CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS OR PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION.
The WPHF Window for WHRDs Safety Net aims to contribute to improving the security and protection of women human rights defenders by providing for, but not limited to:
- Temporary relocation costs (accommodation, food, transporation etc.)
- Security/protection costs (secured transportation, security training…)
- Equipment (mobile, computer, security system, cameras, etc.)
- Self-care (mental health support,etc..)
- Legal assistance
Safety Net Grants are for amounts up to a maximum of 10,000 USD. The duration of Safety Net support is for a maximum of 6 months.
Please ensure that the contact information you provide WPHF is secure and that you are comfortable being contacted this way. If you feel you are at risk, we encourage you to use a secure computer and internet connection or open a separate and private email account. For further information on safe online communication, please see: https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/communicating-others.
We also encourage you to visit: https://www.accessnow.org/help/ to access 24/7 help in multiple languages to protect yourself online.
YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH ONE OF THE TWO BELOW METHODS:
Offline: click the below button to download a Word version of this form , then email it to WPHF-WHRD@unwomen.org
Online: complete the secure, data encrypted application form below, then click the ‘submit’ button at the bottom of the pageAPPLICATION FORM
Next Steps: If your request is considered, it will be shared with an INGO partner who will contact you directly. They reserve the right to ask additional questions, apply their own criteria and make the final decision. Being contacted by an INGO does not mean you will automatically receive a grant.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS TO SEE IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE. IF YOUR ANSWER TO THESE 4 QUESTIONS IS YES, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY:
- Are you a woman who is or has been leading, peacefully, human rights activities in your community/country?
- Are you 18 years old and above?
- Are you from/working in a country affected by crisis or conflict? See for reference countries that might be eligible for support: List of matters of which the UN Security Council UNSC Resolution S/2022/10: https://digitallibrary.un.org/record/3952526?ln=en
- Due to your commitments to human rights and peace in your community, are you currently at serious risks or have you in the past faced serious risks which impact continue to date to threaten your safety and /or ability to sustain your work?