APPLICATION DEADLINE: JUNE 1ST, 2020
The United Nations Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (GYPI) is an expression of the Fund’s commitment to inclusive peacebuilding. It supports the empowerment of women and the advancement of gender equality and recognizes the important and positive role young people play in peacebuilding.
Through the initiative the PBF seeks to increase its peacebuilding impact and advance the implementation of the Secretary General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender-Responsive Peacebuilding, Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and others on Women, Peace and Security, and Security Council resolution 2250 (2015) on Youth, Peace and Security.
The aims for the Gender and Youth Promotion Initiatives are to:
Gender Promotion Initiative
- Support innovative projects, focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment with the potential for catalytic effects and peacebuilding outcomes;
- Strengthen the integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment within existing prevention and peacebuilding initiatives;
- Contribute to collective operational learning on gender-responsive programming;
- Accelerate implementation of the Secretary-General Seven-Point Action Plan and its commitment to increase funding of gender-responsive peacebuilding projects; and
- Maintain and improve performance against the Secretary-General’s target of allocating a minimum of fifteen per cent of all peacebuilding funding to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Youth Promotion Initiative
- Support innovative projects, focused on youth empowerment and participation with the potential for catalytic effects and peacebuilding outcomes;
- Strengthen the participation of young women and men within existing prevention and peacebuilding initiatives;
- Enhance support to youth civil society organizations and facilitate their partnership with international CSOs, Governments and UN entities active in their country;
- Contribute to collective operational learning on youth-inclusive programming; and
- Support the implementation of Security Council resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security.
This year’s GYPI will focus on two specific thematic areas:
1. Women and youth leadership: Supporting women and youth leadership, representation and participation in peacebuilding processes and implementation of peace agreements.
2. Protection of women and youth peacebuilders: Promoting human rights and protection of women and youth peacebuilders and human rights defenders.
In addition, preference will be given to:
- Joint UN-CSO projects, projects implemented by national CSOs and projects that demonstrate strong partnerships with women- and youth-led organizations.
- Projects that specifically target lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) youth.
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