The 16 Days Campaign has been used as an organizing strategy by individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of violence against women. The campaign takes place annually in the period between 25 November and 10 December.
Key dates include:
- 25 November: International Day of No Violence Against Women
- 1 December: World Aids Day;
- 3 December: International Day for the Disabled;
- 10 December: Human Rights Day
Recognizing the critical role militarism plays in perpetuating gender-based violence, the 2014 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign will continue with the theme of “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!”
Every year AWDF provides resources to women’s organizations and groups all over Africa who are working to end gender-based violence in Africa. To support the 2014 global campaign to end violence against women, AWDF will support small to medium scale women’s rights organisation on the African continent to lend their voice to the campaign to end violence against women.
AWDF would therefore give priority to projects that:
- Raise awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local and national levels using innovative and community driven activities.
- Strengthen local work around violence against women
- Establish a clear link between local and international work to end violence against women
- Provide a forum in which communities can develop and share new and effective strategies
- Create tools to pressure governments to implement promises made to eliminate violence against women
World AIDS Day Campaign
The World AIDS Day, is observed on the 1st of December every year. The day which is celebrated on or around the 1st of December every year is an opportunity to intensify awareness raising around HIV issues in diverse ways. The Campaign is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS Pandemic and to demonstrate global solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The campaign is an opportunity for all stakeholders to highlight the progress made and the challenges besetting the response to the pandemic as well as to encourage various stakeholders and government to facilitate progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care around the world. For 2014, the global World AIDS Day theme is “Getting to Zero” by 2015 – Zero AIDS Related Deaths, Zero New Infections and Zero Discrimination.
AWDF would lend its voice to the 2014 World AIDS Day Campaign by supporting innovative initiatives by women’s organizations and groups in Africa working to:
- Address stigma and discrimination against women living with HIV/AIDS
- Empower women living with HIV to participate effectively and take the lead in the HIV response in their various communities.
- Amplify the voices of women living with HIV
The 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Based Violence and the World AIDS day grant is under the AWDF small grants programme. They are usually one off activities and events to commemorate the days in question
Events and activities should target certain key populations such as migrant women; rural women, women living with HIV, young women, women working in quarries and mines and female sex workers.
Time frame for the call
The current call is opened from 20th August to 22nd September 2014. Applicants are to send in proposals with innovative but effective strategies to address issues relating to gender based violence and HIV/AIDS.
- Applicant Organisation must have been in existence for at least 3 years
- The organization must be duly registered, at least with its local government structure
- The organization must be led by a woman
- The organization must have the needed organizational structures
- The organization must have an appreciable financial management system
- The organization must be capable of reporting back on the outcomes of the project
- The organization must be highly recommended by a donor agency, a grantee or partner of AWDF or the local government office
- The applying organization must complete the necessary application forms
- The organisation must not have an annual budget of more than $50,000
The grant size is a $1,000. Therefore eligible projects should have a budget of not more than $1,000.
The grant period will be for 4 months from the date of award.
The grantee is expected to send in one report. The report should be comprehensive highlighting the various activities, lessons learnt and clearly defined achievements at the end of the project. Photographs of project activities in j-peg format should also be attached to the report. The organisation must be capable of measuring the results of the project and must be able to document stories and lessons learnt for sharing with AWDF
How to Apply
Interested organisations should send in their proposals to the AWDF secretariat in Accra, Ghana, using the required grant application guideline.
World AIDS Day – HERE.
16 Days – HERE.
The African Women’s Development Fund
Office: Plot 78 Ambassadorial Enclave, East Legon
Post: P.M.B CT 89 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana
Tel : + 233 289669666
NOTE: Please note that this is a very competitive process and it is only organizations with innovative but effective strategies who will be supported. Again organizations must clearly demonstrate their ability to communicate their achievements in their reports. Only successful applicants will be contacted.