DRL Women’s Workforce Participation Program [U.S. Department of State]

Applications Due: 23.4 2019. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for projects to promote international labor standards and women’s right to equal, safe, and full participation in the workforce.

Open to U.S.-based and foreign-based non-profit organizations/nongovernment organizations (NGO) and public international organizations; private, public, or state institutions of higher education; and for-profit organizations or businesses.

Proposed projects should address the barriers women face in obtaining dignified, productive, fair, and secure work that allows them to voice their concerns, organize, and participate in decisions affecting their lives and equal treatment and opportunities for women and men. Projects should focus on up to two countries in one region of the world and target specific industries or sectors. Competitive proposals will identify local groups with whom the project will partner.

Program approaches may include, but are not limited to: assessing women’s work experience in the sector (s) of focus; identifying and advocating for key legal or regulatory reforms; advancing women’s leadership and representation in the workplace and in worker organizations; educating and raising awareness among workers, employers, government, and the public about workplace gender inequality and labor standards; reducing gender inequality at work through collective bargaining agreements; removing barriers to women’s participation in the formal economy and building the capacity of women in the informal sector to transition to formal work; and developing mechanisms to report and remediate workplace inequities and violations.

Programs should seek to include groups that can bring perspectives based on their religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity. Programs should demand-driven and locally led to the extent possible. DRL also requires all of its programming to be non-discriminatory and expects implementers to include strategies for integration of individuals/organizations regardless of religion, gender, disability, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation and gender identity.