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Gender Responsive Governance
Theme: Civil Society engagement in Beijing+25 review
Call Opens: 17 March 2019
Deadline for Online Submissions:31 March 2019
a. Background/Context for required services/results
UN WOMEN, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN WOMEN leads and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, all States are called upon to undertake comprehensive national level reviews of the progress made and challenges encountered in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The national review will involve all stakeholders, including Head of State/Governance, Civil Society Organizations, the Private Sector, the entities of the United Nations system and regional and international organizations, academia, the media and other relevant stakeholders.
The Comprehensive national level reviews will assess progress made in implementation of Beijing declaration and identify challenges faced, the review process should take stock of achievements, identify gaps and setbacks, and outline strategies for addressing those gaps and challenges. This would create opportunities for renewed commitment and clear sets of priority actions, with timelines, actors and resources for their implementation. In addition, the reviews should align and build synergies with work on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and galvanize its gender-responsive implementation. In Bangladesh, the issues identified in the national review will be used as inputs for revision of the National Action Plan for Women’s Development Policy and inputs for the 8th Five-year plan of the Government.
The comprehensive national-level reviews should ensure that all stakeholders, particularly the Civil Society Organizations participate in the process and contribute to accelerated implementation of existing commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. It is UN Women’s mandate to create civil society spaces and women’s human rights defenders’ involvement to such national review process.
b. General overview of services required/results
Based on the above context, the UN Women is disseminating a Call for Proposals to identify potential women-led Civil Society Networks/Coalitions/Platforms interested in undertaking the following.
• Facilitation of a citizen’s review on the progress and challenges in the implementation of Beijing Platform for Action in Bangladesh in last 25 years
• Ensure that marginalized groups of women have their own space in the review process to “leave no one behind”
• Consolidation of recommendations to the government on priority actions to accelerate implementation of Beijing Platform for Action
• Sensitization and awareness raising of the public on BPFA commitments of the government and action required
II. Description of required services/results
Activity: 1.1: Organize dialogues and awareness raising events in 7 divisional cities and in 3 poverty prone districts (in addition to 7 divisional cities) to capture women’s views and recommendations on BPFA implementation.
Activity 1.2: Support minority groups of women (e.g. disabled women, women from sexual minorities, Dalit women, etc.) organize consultations and mobilization events.
Activity 1.3: Organize a national culmination dialogue with the government, policy makers and media on citizen’s recommendations to expedite BPfA implementation in 4th quarter of 2019.
Activity 1.4: Produce advocacy and communication materials and disseminate the perspectives of diverse groups of women on BPfA implementation through social media and other creative means.
Important note: Please elaborate on how you would carry out each of these activities in your proposal.
UN Women will separately be supporting young women’s mentoring and mobilization for the Beijing Platform for Action implementation review process. The organization that is selected through the current Call for Proposal will be required to involve the young women that UN Women is supporting in the regional and national consultations.
PLEASE EXPLAIN IN YOUR PROPOSAL TO WHAT EXTEND YOU WILL CONTRIBUTE TO THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE FOLLOWING INDICATORS Indicators Baseline Target (by December 2019) Number of participants (disaggregated by sex, disability status, ethnicity, age) in 7 divisional and 3 poverty prone districts and 1 national level consultations who engage in discussions to share their concerns and recommendations on implementation of BPFA • 0 - 1280 women (80%) - 320 men (20%) Percentage of minority group representatives engaged in the consultations. • 0 - 40% (of total participants) Output: Women’s and civil society organizations including those representing minority groups are engaged in the national review process for Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the revision of the National Action Plan for Women Development Policy
a. Technical/functional competencies required
▪ Proven experience in mobilization and coordination of a diverse group of women’s organizations for policy advocacy on gender equality and women’s empowerment related issues.
▪ Demonstrated experiences in communication campaigns using a variety of medium
▪ Strong organizational track record in programme management, results-based monitoring and donor reporting.
▪ Proven organizational experiences in building Strategic Partnerships with the civil society organizations around the country.
▪ Demonstrated experience working with diverse groups of women and young women that are economically, politically, socially, culturally, or otherwise excluded, marginalized, and/or disempowered.
b. Other competencies, which while not required, can be an asset for the performance of services
▪ Tested approach on Rights-based approaches to advance women’s economic and political empowerment and ensuring the voices and needs of women as rights-holders.
IV. Timeframe: Starting from 15 April 2019 to 31 December 2019
V. Eligibility: UN Women welcomes joint applications from a consortium or a network of organizations. Single organization applications are discouraged. There should be one legally registered organization that leads the application and management of the project for contractual purposes, but the proposal should clearly explain how the consortium/network will jointly implement the proposed activities