The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) has issued a request for proposals from eligible organizations for projects that would help in empowerment of women in Algeria and Israel. For Algeria, the project proposals need to focus on legal training for women, while for Israel, DRL is seeking proposals that would assist in empowering of Arab women and combating domestic violence in Israel.
Algeria: Access to Justice, Jobs and Dignity: Trainings for Women in Algeria (approximately $500,000 available). DRL’s objective is to support programs that provide legal services training to marginalized or disadvantaged Algerian women, including widows, to focus on their economic rights as equal citizens. Many women, particularly those who have suffered either directly or indirectly from Algeria’s civil war in the 1990s, face difficulty accessing state services, legal resources and opportunities for professional training in both the formal and informal sectors—thereby limiting their independence and competitiveness in the workforce. This program should help women and civil society groups to better understand women’s equal economic rights by: focusing on the steps toward realizing access to public benefits, such as government schemes for widows; reinforcing women’s ability to address grievances through the Algerian legal system; and where possible, promoting legal and skills trainings that advance women’s small-scale entrepreneurship.
- Israel: Empowering Arab Women and Combating Domestic Violence in Israel (approximately $500,000 available). DRL’s objective is to support programs that work to empower Arab Israeli women, particularly in Bedouin communities, who face a multitude of challenges including lack of education, forced polygamy, and, most egregiously albeit poorly documented, “honor killings.” Proposals should seek to alter a trend of violence in Israel’s Bedouin community by investing in NGO capacity building to raise awareness and document these and other human rights incidents. This translates into providing women with more tools to make choices about themselves, their marriages and their communities. For example, ensuring girls have equitable access to compulsory (and higher) education, engaging mothers in school-based activities (PTO-like associations), and social enterprising opportunities—all of which are community-based initiatives that tend to build responsibility and leadership among girls and mothers. Projects should also be conducted to engage men directly, including local religious leaders, and/or consider activities that engage the entire family.
Organizations submitting proposals must meet the following criteria:
- Be a U.S. non-profit organization meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 USC 501(c) (3) or a comparable organization headquartered internationally, or an international organization.
- Have demonstrated experience administering successful and preferably similar projects.
- Have existing, or the capacity to develop, active partnerships with in-country entities and relevant stakeholders including industry and non-governmental organizations.
- Organizations may form consortia and submit a combined proposal. However, one organization should be designated as the lead applicant.
- Quality of Program Idea
- Program Planning/Ability to Achieve Objectives
- Multiplier Effect/Sustainability
- Institution’s Record and Capacity
Last date for submitting the applications is January 25, 2012.