Call for Proposals: Economic Justice
Women’s economic justice is regarded as a human rights issue that is vital for achieving economic development. On the contrary, an intersection of patriarchy and neo-liberal capitalism impedes women’s participation in, and benefit from Africa’s economies. Women earn less, have or control fewer assets, bear the most burden of unpaid work and care, and are largely concentrated in vulnerable and low-paying activities.
75% of women’s employment in Sub Saharan Africa is informal and unprotected, with women spending 2.5 times more time performing unpaid care than men. Women entrepreneurs often struggle to access gender sensitive financial products and services. While most African counties have put in place policy frameworks supportive of womn economic empowerment efforts, operationalization of these is often plagued with limited resourcing and political will.
Other than high prevalence of unpaid care and work burdens, informal self-employment jobs, predominantly held by women, are often poorly paid. This exacerbates women’s socio-economic vulnerabilities, and amongst others limits their access to adequate health care, affordable high-quality childcare, maternity leave, as well as health insurance, pension and other social protection services.
The above situations have been compounded by the advent of COVID-19 that has seen a huge loss of jobs, of which women are disproportionately affected. This together with growing climate variability have continued to dramatically limit the resilience and adaptive capacities of women and girls. Women’s organizing around these issues face challenges of inadequate resourcing, strategic linkages, information, and knowledge.
The above context calls for inclusive economic policy, strengthened women support systems, increased access to decent work, productive assets, social protection, as well as recognition, redistribution and reduction of care work. For these reasons, UAF-Africa, together with its partners, invests in advancing inclusive just economies, feminist macroeconomic agendas, and (alternative) feminist, green and people-centered economic solutions.
Encased in a movement building approach, UAF-Africa supports feminist movements, feminist activists and womn human rights defenders to engage with the interrelated broad themes of People (peace and political participation); Power (social and economic power); and Planet (natural resource governance and stewardship).
UAF-Africa’s women’s economic justice work is founded on the philosophy that when women have equal and unobstructed access to resources, opportunities, markets, and innovations, they can continuously increase and leverage their intellectual, social, political, and economic capital as well as productivity and output. This would eventually enable such women and girls, and those around them, to live in dignity.
To achieve its women’s economic justice ambitions, UAF-Africa works with autonomous, diverse, and motivated feminist movements to challenge unjust economic power, drive women’s economic justice agenda, expand access to productive resources and opportunities for women and girl’s, and shift narratives around women’s abilities and prospects to thrive in business.
The objective of this call for proposals is to invite eligible feminist and women’s rights organizations, collectives, groups, and movements that are either already supporting or want to support a women’s economic justice work.
The fund is inviting proposals for sustainable local, national or regional initiatives that:
- Enable opportunities to quantum leap women’s incomes and enhance their economic inclusion, recovery, and resilience, including addressing the burden of unpaid care work, loss of livelihoods, cross border traders, labour justice, women’s economic recovery, and bridge gender technology gaps.
- Strengthen feminist and womn’s rights movements that challenge labour exploitation, extractivism and sexism; capacitate womn to seize opportunities for sustained activism on economic justice; and actively participate in womn economic empowerment.
- Contribute to research, feminist and pan Africanist analysis, and documentation to shape feminist economic policy, agendas, discourses; clarify feminist visions or agendas; promote thought leadership; enhance public conscientization on womn’s economic justice; and generate inclusive solutions, models and practices.
- Strengthen capacity of public bodies, non-state actors and private companies to promote the protection of womn’s economic/ financial rights (including through regulatory frameworks, norms and practices).
- Challenge discriminative economic/ financial policy, legal and institutional frameworks, retrogressive norms, attitudes, as well as patriarchal and neoliberal economic practices.
UAF-Africa will provide Rapid Reponse Grants of up to USD 12,000, and Advocacy and Alliance Building Grants of up to USD 20,000 to support the mentioned key areas of support.
How to Apply
The call for proposals is open from 1st June 2021. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
All applicants must be from women-led women’s rights formations – registered or unregistered – operating on the African continent.
There are two ways to apply for the UAF-Africa’s 2021 Economic Justice Grants:
- Complete the Online Form which can be accessed here http://www.uaf-africa.org/apply-for-a-grant/. If you are unable to save your responses as you complete the online form, we suggest that you download a form to prepare your response and paste them into the online form.
- Complete the Downloadable Form: the UAF-Africa Grant Application form which can be accessed for download at https://www.uaf-africa.org/apply-for-a-grant/ once completed, email it to email@example.com for review.
If you are unsure whether you fit the criteria to apply for funding or have any other questions, please contact UAF-Africa by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: UAF-Africa 2021 Economic Justice Call for Proposals.
Review Process Applications will be reviewed, and decisions will be shared on a rolling basis. The response time for applications is within 2 weeks (maximum) of their receipt. Please note that UAF – Africa will not be able to give feedback on individual applications.