Call for Proposals: Romani Women's Empowerment Grants
The call is open to proposals which have one or more of the following objectives:
Promote voter education and other forms of active citizenship among Romani women (e.g. by explaining through community-based action the importance and benefits of exercising their citizen’s rights, etc.)
Strengthen advocacy efforts to improve and/or change policies and practices on issues of concern to Romani women. This includes projects addressing local, national and international levels of decision-making as well as building alliances with mainstream women’s organizations
Involve men in promoting the principle of gender equality and address gender relations in Roma communities, and in Central and Eastern European and South East European societies
Facilitate the labor market inclusion of Romani women
Address the issue of early marriages
Strengthen Romani women’s leadership by creating opportunities for practicing leadership skills, gaining knowledge and increasing self-confidence by involving constituencies in an organized action
Combat human trafficking in particular by raising awareness among Roma communities and young Roma girls. Building alliances with mainstream women’s organizations is also encouraged.
Respond to the particular needs and concerns of Romani women refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)
The Open Society Roma Initiatives will provide up to 10,000 USD per project.
Each applicant may submit one proposal under this call for proposals.
If you believe that your project is in line with one or more objective of this call for proposals, you are invited to submit a concept paper of up to 2 pages long. The concept paper should include the following:
statement about the problem your project would address
the target group of your project (including age; location; gender; socio-economic status and the size of the project’s constituency). Please define if the constituency of the project is the Romani women individuals whose needs are addressed by the project, or Roma communities who will benefit from the activities of Romani women empowered by the project
a brief summary of the main objectives
the main activities of the project
the proposed duration of the project