Deadline: 15 April 2017

The African Union is calling for proposals to its Fund for African Women. Proposals are invited for the mentoring youth (women and men) to be champions of gender equality and women’s empowerment – specifically to Energise the African Women’s movement and mentor young women and men leaders and professionals, both in Africa and the Diaspora to be champions on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Proposals will be funded for one year and grants will be capped at $30 000.

Criteria for the selection of projects will be based on the African Union Agenda 2063 which works for a shared strategic sramework for inclusive change for a better sustainable sevelopment, gender equality and women’s empowerment. Projects or programmes should contribute to any of the following:

  1. Creating an environment where the African and Diaspora young women’s movement will find a platform to interact and bring paramount and valuable changes to the women condition in Africa;

2.  Sensitising and training youth about the drawbacks and consequences of exclusion, based on no woman or man being left behind or excluded, on the basis of gender;

3. Demonstrating applicant organisations commitment to being people-centred and training youth about gender equality and women’s empowerment.

4. Engaging and empowering youth to be gender-sensitive in their approaches to decision making, while targeting sustainable development;

5. Boosting African women’s incentives to create movements and initiatives aimed at fully empowering young women in all spheres, and promoting their social, political and economic rights.

6. Organising mentorship and championship activities for young rural women and men and create movements to raise awareness of their rights; and help them have access to productive assets, including land, credit, inputs and financial services.

Application process:
1.Submission of a brief (one page) and Concept Note. The detailed format in which concept notes should be submitted is available on the website in English, French, Portuguese and Arabic.

2.If invited, the submission of a detailed, well formulated project proposal which meets key operational, technical and procedural requirements required for the final evaluation of the proposal.

All applications should include a letter of recommendation from national Coordination Committees or Ministries responsible for Gender and women’s Affairs.

For further information, contact Mrs Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, Director- Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD), Tel: +251 11 518 21 12 – email:; Mr. Adoumtar Noubatour, Senior Programme Officer, Tel: +251 11 518 21 11- email:      Mrs Fiorella De Pede, email : Tel.: +251115182115.