The priorities of this call for proposals are:
1. Support to human rights defenders and organisations on the topics of encouraging a culture of tolerance and inclusiveness – reflecting particularly the objectives 1 and 3 of the EIDHR Multiannual indicative program and Country based support scheme decision. This call encourages interventions driven by the analysis of de facto power structures, rather than de jure institutions and processes, identifying and exploiting windows of opportunity to foster democracy. Proposals may address various aspects of democratic governance, including promoting and defending civil and political rights, with a focused attention on the freedom of expression and opinion (online and offline), and freedom of assembly and association.
2. Women participation in decision-making and advocacy for legal reforms necessary to promote and defend women's rights – reflecting particularly the objectives 1, 2 and 3 of the Multiannual indicative program and EIDHR Country based support scheme decision. This call encourages proposals to support actions dedicated particularly to promote and defend women and girl child's rights in rural areas, notably through civic education and actions promoting the effective implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Proposals should take into account that women are not only victims of human rights violations and abuses but also energetic and vibrant contributors to political and social life and to the economy. This call encourages proposals promoting women equal participation and inclusion in decision-making processes, full access to information on their rights and economic independence. This call also encourages proposals promoting and protecting the rights of women through involving men.
3. Strengthen the capacity of citizens, civil society and the media to participate and develop public debates on human rights, gender equality and women empowerment issues – reflectingparticularly the objective 3 of the Multiannual indicative program and EIDHR Country based support scheme decision. This call encourages proposals to support actions dedicated to strengthen the capacity of citizens, civil society and the media to participate and develop public debates on human rights and gender equality issues aiming to: develop a collective response to social challenges like sexual offences and domestic violence and other aspects of discrimination against women and girls; promote and protect fundamental freedoms in particular freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and association; strengthen pluralism in political life and foster the participation of citizens in decision-making processes; and increase accountability, oversight and transparency and the fight against corruption.
In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
• be a legal person or an entity without legal personality or natural person and
• be non-profit-making and
• be a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) or an Association of CSOs and
• be established in any country
• When the lead applicant is not established in eSwatini, it must act with at least one co-applicant established in eSwatini.