The development of technology such as the internet and mobile phones, and the increased use of digital tools have created and increased opportunities for communicating, connecting, learning, and mobilising in diverse and new ways. Recent events, including the emergence of and response to the COVID 19 pandemic, have shown the potential of technology to contribute to information sharing, connecting and mobilising people and for activism and advocacy. While the growth in digital access and use has come with many opportunities, digital spaces can be unsafe and a place of violence against women and girls. This is what gave rise to the World AIDS Day and GBV 16 Days of Activism Grants.
Online violence or abuse is when an individual or group creates a hostile environment with the goal of shaming, degrading, intimidating or silencing individuals. Online abuse not only violates an individual’s right to live free from violence and to participate online, but also undermines their
democratic and public engagement.
To address this, AWDF invites applications for the 2022 Sixteen Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence on “Young women led approaches to addressing digital/online safety for women and girls”. AWDF will consider applications from women’s groups and organisations, particularly those led by young women or girls, to educate, raise awareness and increase online safety and enjoyment, and prevent online violence and abuse against young women and girls.
AWDF welcomes applications from organisations led by marginalised groups of women and girls, including women and girls living with disabilities, LBTQI+ women and girls, sex workers, refugees and migrant women, women living with HIV and AIDS, and young feminists, among others. We will prioritise work that is creative and which employs innovative approaches that contribute to making online spaces safe and enjoyable for young women and girls.
This call for proposals for small grants of no more than USD2,000 is open to African women led organisations with budgets of under USD100,000.
Closing date for applications for the World AIDS Day and GBV 16 Days of Activism Grants is 10th May 2022.
How To Apply
For more information on the 16 Days Grant, please read the APPLICATION GUIDANCE DOCUMENT here
For more information on the World AIDS Day Grant, please read the APPLICATION GUIDANCE DOCUMENT here