The Global Equality Fund, managed by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) announced an open competition for organizations interested in submitting applications for programs to advance the human rights of persons who face discrimination or violence on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity in the Pacific Islands. Programs supported by the Global Equality Fund are part of DRL’s overall at-risk population initiative which aims to support the human rights of persons with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, women and girls at risk of sexual and gender-based violence and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons.
Launched in December 2011, the Global Equality Fund supports civil society organizations working to protect and advance the human rights of LGBTI persons globally. Partners of the Global Equality Fund include the governments of Australia, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Uruguay, as well as the Arcus Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, LLH: the Norwegian LGBT Organization, the M•A•C AIDS Fund, Deloitte LLP, the Royal Bank of Canada, Hilton Worldwide, Human Rights Campaign, Out Leadership, and USAID.
The overall goal of this program is to advance human rights in the Pacific Islands, with a focus on persons who face discrimination, violence and abuse on account of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Target countries include the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Proposed specific objectives include education to reduce stigma, discrimination and violence, rights-based law reform and strengthened civil society movement to uphold human rights.
Other activities which support the goals noted above may also be considered. While DRL utilizes an inclusive and broad-human rights based perspective, proposals should focus on advancing the human rights of LGBTI persons or other persons who face discrimination or violence based on their real or perceived sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Applicants can find application forms, kits, or other materials needed to apply on www.grants.gov and www.grantsolutions.gov under the announcement title “Advancing Human Rights in the South Pacific Islands” funding opportunity number “DRLA-DRLAQM-16-074.”
Applications are due no later than 11:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 on www.grants.gov or www.grantsolutions.gov under the announcement title “Advancing Human Rights in the South Pacific Islands” funding opportunity number “DRLA-DRLAQM-16-074.”