One of the most important forms of women's response to violence, especially to domestic violence, is the establishment of a broad network of hot-lines, shelters for battered women, therapy and crisis centers, and legal service for victims of violence and sexual abuse. Women NGOs play a crucial role in documentation and social exposure of acts and practices of violence against women. Women NGOs in the East have learned a lot, and gained much experience in the past years. Now the time has come to share all this knowledge within the region, supporting the development of a growing culture of self-help and self-sufficiency, and also strengthening international links between NGOs working on similar areas.
The Aim of the Grant Program
The Network Women's Program is running a small grant program to support Women NGO services focusing on violence issues with the following aims:
A future result of the grant program would be to set up a women NGO Directory, a Database that would be a resource for the Women NGOs in the countries of the OSI Network.
The NWP would like to invite active, effective and developed women NGOs, willing to be a Host NGO to help, support and train others working in the same field.
Potential Host Women NGOs are NGOs that are already running successful services--by providing shelters, crisis centers, hot lines, support groups etc., or training. NGOs who want to offer a model and train other NGOs about starting or improving such aid services on violence against women.
Visitor Women's NGOs are NGOs who would like to gain hands-on skills in those services and to learn how to set up a similar service in their home country and how to participate in networking at the national and regional levels on violence against women.
Only women's NGOs focusing on violence against women issues which are located in the countries of the OSI Network are eligible to participate in NWP - Service Support Small Grant Program 1998.
Applicants will not be eligible to receive more than one grant within a given yearly cycle. However, next year it is possible for Hosts to apply as Visitors.
Host Women's NGOs will be selected from the countries of the OSI Network based on the following criteria:
Applications from Host NGOs are due at OSI offices May 30, 1998
List of OSI offices
Last updated: May 5, 1998
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