Strengthening Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence

European Commission

Relevent Country: Bangladesh

The European Commission (EC) has launched a call for applications to strengthen the prevention and the response to sexual and gender-based violence at the public and workplaces.
  • The global objective of this call for proposals is: Women, men, girls and boys, in all their diversity, are free from all forms of gender-based violence in public spheres, the work place and online.
  • The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals is to strengthen the prevention and the response to sexual and gender-based violence at the public and workplaces.
The priorities of this call for proposals are:
  • Prevention of and protection from all forms of sexual and gender-based violence in the public spheres, in the work place and online through legislation and effective enforcement.
  • System strengthening and safeguarding approach to respond to all forms of gender-based violence, including sexual harassment and bullying, in educational institutions, workplaces and the transport sector.
  • Civil society, workers and young people are agents of change to transform discriminatory social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate gender inequality and gender-based violence.
  • Any proposal is required to address all three priorities under this call.
Sectors or Themes
  • The actions must relate to the thematic priority ‘Ensuring freedom from all forms of gender-based violence in the public and workplace.’
Funding Information
  • The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 4 800 000. The contracting authority reserves the right not to award all available funds.
Size of grants
Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
  • minimum amount: EUR 4 700 000
  • maximum amount: EUR 4 800 000
  • The initial planned duration of an action may not be lower than 48 months nor exceed 60 months.
Eligible Activities
  • Types of activity that may be financed under this call (the list is not exhaustive):
  • Promote the legal framework and compliance with the 2009 High Court Directive to addressing sexual harassment.
  • Support the establishment and ensure the functionality of Sexual Harassment Prevention Committees in educational institutions and workplaces.
  • Provide support to workplaces and educational institutions to develop policies related to the prevention, response and reporting of GBV, sexual harassment and bullying incidents.
  • Support private sector (RMG and other industries and workplaces) including educational institutions to develop a functional grievance mechanism (investigation/ inquiry process and committee formation for decision-making).
  • Strengthen the capacity of managers, supervisors, and human resource personnel in the factories to improve the reporting/follow-up mechanisms to respond to sexual harassment, bullying and GBV in workplaces.
  • Actions must take place in the following country: Bangladesh.
Eligibility Criteria
Lead applicant(s)
  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
  • be a legal person or an entity and
  • be non-profit-making and
  • be established in a Member State of the European Union or any other country as stipulated by the NDICI-Global Europe Regulation, Article 28(1),
  • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.
  • Co-applicants must satisfy the eligibility criteria as applicable to the lead applicant himself.
  • Co-applicants must sign the mandate form.
Affiliated entities
  • The lead applicant and its co-applicant(s) may act with affiliated entity(ies).
  • Only the following entities may be considered as affiliated entities to the lead applicant and/or to co-applicant(s):
  • Only entities having a structural link with the applicants (i.e. the lead applicant or a co-applicant), in particular a legal or capital link.
This structural link encompasses mainly two notions:
  • Control on the annual financial statements, consolidated financial statements and related reports of certain types of undertakings:
  • Entities affiliated to an applicant may hence be:
  • Entities directly or indirectly controlled by the applicant (daughter companies or first-tier subsidiaries). They may also be entities controlled by an entity controlled by the applicant (granddaughter companies or second-tier subsidiaries) and the same applies to further tiers of control;
  • Entities directly or indirectly controlling the applicant (parent companies). Likewise, they may be entities controlling an entity controlling the applicant;
  • Entities under the same direct or indirect control as the applicant (sister companies).
  • Membership, i.e. the applicant is legally defined as a e.g. network, federation, association in which the proposed affiliated entities also participate or the applicant participates in the same entity (e.g. network, federation, association,) as the proposed affiliated entities.