Open Society Foundations under the International Women’s Program and the Disability Rights Initiative has issued a call for proposals from eligible organizations aimed at addressing the situation of women and girls with disabilities in the following post-conflict countries: Nepal, Palestine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Colombia. Only proposals from these countries will be considered for support.
Eighty percent of the estimated 600 million people living with disabilities reside in the developing world. The vast majority of these people is marginalized and is disproportionately poor. In many places, people with disabilities have virtually no access to services, and in some countries many spend their lives confined to institutions.
The Open Society Disability Rights Initiative seeks to address discrimination against people with disabilities and promote their inclusion in society by supporting a rights-based approach to disability.
This call for proposals will focus on one or more of the following objectives:
- Reducing discrimination and violence against women and girls with disabilities.
- Strengthening access to justice for women and girls with disabilities.
- Increasing women’s and girls’ with disabilities self-determination and role as decision-makers and leaders.
- Organizations managed and led by women with disabilities;
- Organizations that have a track record of approaching disability from a rights-based perspective and demonstrate sustainability;
- Organizations that forge partnerships with other civil society groups;
- Local or indigenous independent non-governmental organizations or initiatives that link local and international organizations.
Organizations can apply for one to three year grants from $25,000 to $200,000 per year. It must be noted that multi-year proposals require an annual assessment report prior to releasing the subsequent tranche of funds.
Last date for submission of applications is December 5, 2011.
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