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AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND FOR THE EMPOWERMENT OF AFRICAN WOMEN
The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) is a grant making foundation that supports local, national and regional women’s organisations working towards the empowerment of African women and the promotion and realization of their right.
AWDF supports efforts that combat harmful stereotypes, and promote African women as active agents of change.
AWDF aims to build up an autonomous base for gender equality and development, supporting movements and initiatives of women that ordinarily do not have access to mainstream sources of funding for reasons of capacity, language, geographical location, and marginalization.
- Economic Empowerment and Livelihoods
- HIV and AIDS
- Women’s Human Rights
- Governance, Peace and Security
- Health and Reproductive Rights
- Arts, Culture and Sports
- Women’s rights
- Women’s work
- Women’s leadership
- Creating Enabling Environments
- Sustainable Movements
- Local, national, sub-regional or regional organisations, from any part of Africa are eligible to apply.
- Organisations must be led and managed by women.
- Applying organisations should have basic organizational systems and structures in place, and must be at least three years old.
How to Apply
- Interested applicants can apply by submitting their applications online via given website.
- Applicants can also apply by downloading the application form and submitting it by post at the address given on the website.
Note: AWDF makes grants in three cycles, March, August and November. Applicants can apply for the grant anytime.
For more information, please visit African Women’s Development Fund.
Stop TB Partnership launches 2-month online consultation for the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020
Participants are encouraged to provide comments -- based on the top line questions asked -- on the introduction and the seven main chapters that make up the Global Plan. The consultation period will run through 10 August 2015.
10 June 2015 – Geneva, Switzerland – The Stop TB Partnership is today launching the online consultation into the first public draft of the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020. The consultation process is open to everyone to share information, ideas and experiences, and, will run from 10 June to 10 August 2015.
The development of the Global Plan seeks to be as inclusive as possible and the online consultation aims to reflect a diverse range of input in the Plan update, including the voices of people and professional groups and TB constituencies who may not have been reached previously.
Participants are encouraged to provide comments -- based on the top line questions asked -- on the introduction and the seven main chapters that make up the Global Plan.
If the Global Plan succeeds in reflecting the ambitions and aspirations of people fighting TB around the world, and manages to build a solid and engaging business case for why the world can save millions of lives and billions of dollars by scaling up the fight against the disease, it can become a forceful tool in advocacy, planning and budgeting.
Since its creation, the Stop TB Partnership has issued five and ten-year Global Plans to provide a road map for concerted global advocacy action, and to provide an estimate for the resources needed to achieve the goals that the world has set.
The current Global Plan provides a “business case” for the period 2016-2020 for the investment needed to set the world on the right track to reach the WHO End TB Strategy goals by 2035. It is meant as an instrument for those working with TB and those allocating funding, setting realistic budgets and making national plans.
To achieve WHO’s End TB Strategy goals, significant changes need to be made to the way most countries organize and run their TB interventions and programmes, and we need to see significant acceleration in research and development of new drugs, diagnostics tools and a vaccine.
In addition to this online consultation, the Global Plan to Stop TB 2016-2020 is informed by the outcomes of four regional consultation meetings held in Addis Ababa (6 May), Bangkok (23 June), Istanbul (23-24 July) and Panama (tbc – 1 September).
The Global Plan will launch at the end of the year in Cape Town, South Africa during the 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health.
Twitter hashtag: #globalplanstoptb
Call for comments on the first WHO Discussion Paper
***REMINDER: DEADLINE 4 JUNE TO SEND COMMENTS TO WHO ON DRAFT GLOBAL PLAN OF ACTION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, GIRLS AND CHILDREN***
Development of a draft global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls, and against children.
Resolution WHA67.15 adopted at last year's World Health Assembly requested the Director-General to “develop, with the full participation of Member States, and in consultation with United Nations organizations, and other relevant stakeholders focusing on the role of the health system, as appropriate, a draft global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence in particular against women and girls and against children, building on existing relevant WHO work”.
WHO has put in place a consultative process, including an online consultation process, for the development of a global action plan and NGOs are invited to contribute comments throughout the process, starting with:
First WHO Discussion Paper
The WHO Secretariat published a first WHO Discussion Paper containing a zero draft action plan, which serves as a basis for:
- a web-based consultation open to Member States, UN Agencies, NGOs, WHO Collaborating Centres, academics and other non-State actors.
- regional informal consultations with Member States which will take place in the WHO regions between March and June 2015
- an informal consultation with non-State actors on 3 June 2015
- an informal consultation with Member States (Permanent Missions in Geneva) and UN Agencies on 4 June 2015
Member States, UN Agencies, NGOs, WHO Collaborating Centres, academics and NGOs are invited to share their comments on the first WHO Discussion Paper by sending an email before 4 June 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The WHO Secretariat will publish all contributions received by email on this website. (WHO reserves the right to summarize and/or edit any submission in consultation with the submitting party).
Second WHO Discussion Paper
Taking into account the comments received on the first WHO Discussion Paper, the WHO Secretariat will issue a second WHO Discussion Paper, containing a first draft of the action plan, inJuly 2015 which will serve as an input into:
- meetings of the Regional Committees (August – October 2015).
- a web-based consultation open to Member States, UN Agencies, NGOs, WHO Collaborating Centres, academics and NGOs – all contributions will be published on a dedicated website.
Third WHO Discussion Paper
Taking into account the comments received on the second WHO Discussion Paper, the WHO Secretariat will issue a third WHO Discussion Paper, containing a second draft of the action plan, during the second half of October 2015, which will serve as an input into a Formal Meeting of Member States from 23 to 27 November 2014 to conclude the work on the development of a global plan of action.
Final draft global plan of action
It is envisaged that the Report resulting from the Formal Meeting of Member States will include a final draft global plan of action which will be transmitted to the WHO Executive Board inJanuary 2016 and the World Health Assembly in 2016 for consideration by Member States.
Stop forced sterilization against women living with HIV!
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Bring back our girls!
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GCWA: Statement on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) 2014
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; the start of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence. Sophia Forum are taking this opportunity to launch their campaign ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ to highlight the fact that women living with HIV are twice as likely to have been or be affected by gender violence. ‘Walk in Our Knickers’ aims to raise awareness, advocate for improved practice and prompt responses from policy makers and government.
This new viewpoint article entitled "Ethical, strategic and meaningful involvement of women living with HIV starts at the beginning" is based on the global values and preferences survey conducted for WHO in 2014, as it updates its guidelines on the SRH&HR of women living with HIV. This article can be found in the Journal of Virus Eradiction: http://viruseradication.com/journal-details/Ethical,_strategic_and_meaningful_involvement_of_women_living_with_HIV_starts_at_the_beginning/
In collaboration with UNAIDS and other partners, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and IRTG, a Global Network of Trans Women and HIV, have released a new publication entitled Implementing comprehensive HIV and STI programmes with transgender people: practical guidance for collaborative interventions. The publication presents concrete steps that public health officials, health workers and nongovernmental organizations can adopt to implement HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) programmes with transgender people.