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Project ID:00123503Description:SPOTLIGHT WPHF AFGHANISTAN
Fund:
Spotlight Initiative Fund
Start Date *: 5 Nov 2020
Theme:
Asia
End Date*: 31 Dec 2020
Country: United Nations Project Status: On Going
  Participating Organization:   UNWOMEN - UNWOMEN
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Programme Description

 

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a global pooled funding mechanism, which aims to re-energise action and stimulate a significant increase in financing for women’s participation, leadership and empowerment in humanitarian response and peace and security settings. The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund supports equality interventions designed to enhance the capacity of local women-led and women’s rights organisations to prevent conflict and sexual and gender-based violence, respond to crises and emergencies, and seize key peacebuilding opportunities.

 

Through its partnership with the Spotlight Initiative, the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund will support civil society organisations (CSOs) in Afghanistan, with a special focus on CSOs facing the challenges presented by the current COVD-19 pandemic. Through the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund, the Spotlight Initiative will be supporting women-led and women’s rights and feminist organizations working to prevent conflict and sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices in Afghanistan, and other forms of violence against women and girls and advocate for women’s peace and security (WPS) commitments, gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) and the elimination of violence against women and girls.

 

This programme will support projects from women-led and women’s rights civil society organizations in Afghanistan, aligned with Outcome 6 of the Spotlight Initiative’s Regional Theory of Change and its associated Outcome indicators. This programme will also target Outcome 5 of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund result framework.

 

Number of beneficiaries: The number of beneficiaries – direct and indirect – will depend on the number and size of projects selected.

Recipient UN Organizations (RUNOs): UN Women

 

Head of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund Secretariat: Ghita El Khyari; Email: ghita.khyari@unwomen.org. Sophie Giscard D’estaing; Email: s.giscarddestaing@unwomen.org

 

 

Investments

 

The total investment from the Spotlight Initiative for the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund in Afghanistan is USD 2,000,000 and will target the following:

 

Outcome 6 of the Spotlight Initiative Theory of Change: Women's rights groups, autonomous social movements and CSOs, including those representing youth and groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination/ marginalization, more effectively influence and advance progress on GEWE and ending violence against women and girls, including sexual and gender-based violence and harmful practices.

 

Outcome 5 of the Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund result framework: Ensuring that women’s and girls’ safety, physical and mental health and security are assured and their human rights respected, requires measures that prevent acts of violence, facilitate access to services for survivors of violence, and strengthens accountability mechanisms.

 

Recognizing the need to support the existence of women’s rights and feminist organizations  including those representing groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, especially in conflict and post conflict contexts, and particularly affected by the current pandemic of COVID-19, the programme will also focus on strengthening the institutional capacity of local and grassroots organisations in Afghanistan.

 

Innovation

 

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund and Spotlight Initiative identify and encourage innovative initiatives to solve the issues and challenges relating to their mandates. The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund pursues innovative partnerships to bring about transformative change. These partnerships include the private sector and celebrities to raise awareness and funds for WPHF and its mandate, but also to support WPHF projects with connections and in-kind support. This kind of support includes working with refugee friendly companies in support of the grantees working with refugees, supporting women’s economic empowerment working with companies who can help women access new markets, etc.

 

WPHF also uses innovative partnerships (e.g. with Dell) to establish new ways of connecting the grantees within a community of practice.

 

Innovation is highly encouraged across programming while strictly adhering to the Do No Harm principle, particularly important to uphold for eliminating violence against women and girls programming, and in unstable and often volatile environments that exacerbate the expressions of violence against women and girls.

 

Innovative practices will be monitored, and results will be captured to evaluate whether they can become promising and then good practices to replicate, scale up, and inform future eliminating violence against women and girls programming.

 

When reviewing the proposals received, the WPHF Global Secretariat prioritized innovative approaches and solutions put forward by prospective applicants.

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