UN Women Office in PNG invites EOI for First Phase of the Port Moresby: A Safer City for Women and Girls Project

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UN Women Office in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is calling for expressions of interest from eligible supporting NGOs for the first phase of the Port Moresby: A Safer City for Women and Girls Project.

Focus of this project is to reduce violence against women and girls (VAWG) particularly all forms of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

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The current call for Expression of Interest is for one or several support NGOs who will play key roles at this initial phase of the Project in building capacity of the grassroots women organizations and other key stakeholders to ensure their ability to further develop, implement and monitor the Port Moresby Safe City Project.


The supporting NGO(s) will be responsible for:

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–     Collaborating with the Safe Market Management Steering Committee (SMMSC), UN Women, the Gender and Equity Desk of NCDC, and men and women councillors of NCDC to:

->     Support and facilitate the mobilisation of grassroots women who are vendors or buyers at the markets in Port Moresby.

->     Carry out awareness raising initiatives to build an understanding among women and men of the value of collective organising and representation to engage strategically with authorities and influence decision-making.

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->     Engage with existing grassroots women’s and youth organizations that have relevant experience in organizing and empowering local women to build ongoing partnerships with these key groups.

->     Mobilise NGOs, CBOs, local artists and performers to determine how they can contribute innovative, creative, cultural events to make Port Moresby’s city markets better.

->     Review and adapt the best practices and lessons learned, tools and training materials available in global and regional projects to engage City Hall and the police in ending violence against women and girls in public spaces.

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->     Identify existing and emerging women and youth leaders, and resource people among the grassroots market vendors to increase their knowledge and understanding of the project goals and approaches, build their capacity, and support leadership opportunities.

–     Support leaders and the formation of market vendors association with a focus on fostering women leaders.

–     Support grassroots women and youth organisations to formulate key principles and new standards of dignity, respect and human rights, as a basis for the market bylaws and daily standards of behaviour to be set and monitored on the marketplace.

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–     Mediate and resolve any conflict or misunderstanding that may arise among these groups so that they can present a united front to City Hall and the national Government.

–     Support the mainstreaming of HIV into project activities including the implementation of trainings, development of awareness materials and campaigns, etc.

–     Work with men and boys on: 1) developing violence prevention initiatives; 2) implementing a zero tolerance policy for violence against women and girls; 3) becoming agents of change on ending violence against women and empowering women and girls; 4) support the implementation of the project at all stages.

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–     Proven track record of grassroots community organizing and facilitating the mobilisation of women, partnership building, leadership and empowerment to make locally driven social change.

–     Experience in developing programmes on gender based and sexual violence, and improving community safety.

–     Experience in working with diverse groups of women and those that have been marginalized socially, economically and may have been victims of violence.

–     Proven track record of working in public environments with weak governance, high levels of discrimination and violence against women, insecurity and crime.

–     Experience in working with men and boys on programs/projects to end and prevent different forms of gender based violence.

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–     Be registered as a non-profit organization in Papua New Guinea.

Last date for submission of expressions of interest is October 24, 2011.

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