Since its founding by women’s rights activists in 1991, the 16 Days of Activism Campaign has been used as an organising strategy by individuals, groups and women’s rights organisations around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. Ending violence against women has been at the centre of the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF)’s work for several years. As part of AWDF’s support to the cause to eliminate VAW, AWDF supports the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign by awarding grants to women’s organisations in Africa to organise and coordinate activities around the event.

AWDF is therefore putting out a call for proposals for activities to mark 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence in 2018. In 2018, AWDF will fund small sized women’s rights organisations on the African continent to lend their voice to the campaign as well as participate in activities that will raise awareness and mobilise action around ending all forms of violence against women and girls in universities and other tertiary institutions.

Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in educational contexts is an issue of great concern. It is a violation in its own right, and also has great repercussions for the well-being and future of women and girls. Many girls and young women are subjected to gender-based violence in or around the places where they study and seek education. These violations occur in different ways including rape, physical violence, stalking, sexual harassment, coerced sex-for-grades and emotional abuse. This is a violation of their human rights, and a form of gender-discrimination that has far-reaching physical, psychological and educational consequences.

Until gender-based violence is eliminated in and around universities and other tertiary institutions across Africa, many of the ambitious targets set by the global community through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to provide safe and supportive learning environments, to end violence against girls and young women in all settings and to achieve gender equality, will not be realised.

As part of efforts to eliminate gender-based violence and to help achieve the SDGs, AWDF as part of activities to commemorate the 2018 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence seeks to support women’s rights organisations employing innovative approaches, methodologies, tools and resources that show positive results in preventing and responding to violence against women within tertiary institutions.

AWDF will prioritise applications from initiatives led by women students themselves and/or women’s rights organisations working closely with women’s student groups and movements in educational institutions.

We also encourage innovation- so send in your great ideas. Projects may include activities that;

  • Promote the development and implementation of university policies and action plans on how to address all types of violence on campus, to foster a safe and discrimination free learning environment.
  • Prevention of discrimination and sexual harassment in educational contexts
  • Improve safety on campus and off -campus
  • Initiatives that address non-violent conflict resolution, shifting harmful gender norms, power inequalities and dynamics on campus
  • Create a gender aware safe and effective reporting and counselling system that gives effective support to survivors of VAWG.
  • Empower women students to assert themselves and prevent themselves from violation and to seek assistance when violations occur
  • Research on the drivers, risks and cultural contexts of VAWG on campus
  • Create a movement of students, communities and stakeholders to eliminate VAWG and promote a violence-free, safe space for learning for women and women staff
  • Interventions that will focus on involving other key stakeholders (such as lecturers, other staff and student leaders) in the transformation of gender discriminatory norms, attitudes and behaviours.
  • Initiatives that would hold educational institutions accountable in their VAWG preventive work
  • Mobilise community and stakeholders’ support to prevent VAWG in educational contexts

The current call is opened from 29 June to 20 July 2018. Applicants are to send in proposals with innovative advocacy strategies to address issues around eliminating violence against women and girls in tertiary institutions.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Organisation:

  • Must have been in existence for at least 3 years
  • Must be duly registered, at least with its local government structure
  • Must be led by a woman and have a focus on Women’s Rights
  • Must have the needed organisational structures for effective implementation of the project
  • Must have an appreciable financial management system to properly account for funds received
  • Must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
  • Must be highly recommended by a donor agency, a grantee or partner of AWDF or the local government office
  • Must complete the necessary application forms
  • Must have an annual budget not more than US$100,000

Grant Size & Period

The grant size is US$2,000. Therefore, eligible projects should have a budget of not more than US$2,000 to be supported by AWDF funds. The grant period will be for 4 months from the date of award.

How to Apply

Interested women’s rights organisations should send in their proposals using the required application guidelines to the AWDF secretariat via email to [email protected]; [email protected]. The applicant must also complete and include a financial management assessment form and an outcome form.

NOTE: Please note that this is a very competitive process. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Find the full application guidelines and required forms below