Call for Proposals: Economic Empowerment of Women in India
UN Women has announced a call for proposals for the 2021 Economic Empowerment of Women Home Based Workers and Excluded Groups, in two districts of Punjab namely Sialkot and Multan.
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The project will support to further enhance capacities and skills of women home based entrepreneurs, workers as well as women with disabilities in target districts of Punjab. The target women beneficiaries will be provided with trainings in life skills, financial literacy, and will be supported to enhance access to resources like Microfinance and other government led social protection programmes. Activities will also focus on raising awareness around the VAW and GBV and will include men and boys for garnering support to the women in family.
The proposed project “Empowered women – Resilient Communities” will work directly with at least 600 WHBWs in selected areas of Punjab, mobilizing them, forming them into functioning groups, and connecting them with a range of resources (access to finance, market, skills development, and enterprise development etc). Efforts will also be made to train these women to maintain a mobile financial wallet for which linkage will be established with the relevant service provider and private sector.
The budget range for this proposal should be USD 80,000 – USD 100,000.
The project duration is 06 months:
Start Date: 25th February 2021 (tentative)
Date: 15th August 2021
The project proposes the following outcome/output/activities:
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Outcome: Creating enabling environment for women and girls to participate in the economy, including as entrepreneurs, and access social protection services and financial services for improved and sustainable livelihoods.
Output: Improved access of women -owned micro businesses & WHBWs to resources for enhancing profitability (information, market-based skills, financial services, technology and linkages with private sector) in Punjab
Support the formation of groups of 600 WHBWs to strengthen their collective bargaining skills to access minimum wages and social security benefits.
Capacity building of 600 WHBWs in life skills training including Financial Literacy, microfinance and business development especially in non-traditional sectors.
Capacity building of 100 WWDs (women with disabilities) in life skills training including financial literacy, microfinance and business development especially in non-traditional sectors.
Facilitating linkages of the trained women with social support initiatives/MFIs to enhance their economic participation
04 Awareness-raising sessions on human and legal rights in addition to providing information on VAW related referral mechanisms in each district.
Organization of 08 community sessions in each district, with selected women and their family members on women’s rights including decision- making and access to productive resources (property, land, etc.).
Engaging men/boys and building alliances for their support.
At least 05 years of experience in designing and implementation of subject activities.
Reputed nationally registered organization with representative office in Pakistan and outreach in areas of intervention.
Proven track record of working in the area of women’s economic empowerment and sustainable livelihoods.
Work experience with UN agencies or other international development agencies is an advantage.
Ability to communicate in local language.
Working experience in development related field.
Valid MoU/NOC from EAD to implement projects in the province
A verifiable reputation of integrity and competence.
For more information, visit https://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/programme-implementation/2021/01/call-for-proposals-cfp-pak-weesl-2021-001-economic-empowerment-of-women