Jo Cox Memorial: theme 1

This thematic area will support civil society to take an integrated approach to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, tackling the combined and simultaneous disadvantages girls and women experience in different areas and at different times of their lives. This will include contexts where space for these civic actors is closing or at risk.

The grants provided under theme 1 of the Jo Cox Memorial Grants must contribute towards this theory of change, by focusing on one or more of the following 4 outcome areas. Therefore, when designing your programme, please consider how your programme will contribute directly to one or more of the below:

  • women have meaningful and equal participation, leadership and influence in decision-making at all levels of governance, across formal and informal spheres and public and private life (including in conflict prevention, peace building and humanitarian response)
  • women are economically empowered and have equal access and control over economic resources
  • women and girls are free from all forms of VAWG and the threat of such violence (both as an outcome, and as a key barrier to other women’s empowerment outcomes); and have universal access to SRHR (including family planning, adolescents, safe childbirth, safe abortion, HIV and SRHR in emergencies)
  • autonomous, skilled, inclusive, and coordinated women-led civil society have power, capability, and resilience to achieve an integrated approach to gender equality to tackle the combined disadvantages girls and women experience

There are many ways of demonstrating how you will achieve these outcomes. In your application, you will need to show which (of the below) pathways for change, your programme will take, in order to achieve them:

  • policy advocacy: advocacy and support at the national, regional and local level for legal, policy and institutional change – including monitoring and supporting implementation of policy/laws and budgets. For more information on examples of this type of work, please see examples from AmplifyChange grant holder, Center for Communication Programs Pakistan (opens in a new window), working on advocacy and ending child marriage 
  • service delivery: deliver services that address the need of women and girls as well as strengthen the supporting environment to allow for an improvement in conditions and security for women and girls. One example case study of a programme that works to do this (non-DFID funded), is The Info Ladies of Bangladesh (opens in a new window)
  • community mobilisation, programmes and campaigns to shift social norms: social norms include but are not limited to cultural, religious and political
  • empowerment of women and girls initiatives: e.g. strengthening their assets, rights to land, increasing literacy, education and skills, and informing women and girls about rights
  • building an enabling environment for women and girls’ rights claiming: including building women’s leadership and capacity, safe spaces, network building, cross movement building, learning and knowledge management

Other Considerations
Women-led organisations are particularly encouraged to apply, but we recognise that organisations organise themselves in a variety of different ways for a variety of different reason. Please explain your context in your application form.

Applications demonstrating collaboration and use of existing networks amongst implementers are also encouraged. Consider demonstrating how your application will strengthen an existing network, such as by promoting mentoring from larger to smaller grassroots organisations. VSO Pakistan's project - preventing gender-based violence through democratic policing - funded by AmplifyChange, is a good example of a project that demonstrates the role of a strengthened network. 

Working in these environments and over this relatively short period of time may mean it is not always possible to demonstrate the change and/or outcome you’d like to see. We encourage you to consider what proxy indicators could be used to show that you are on the pathway to change, and that change is starting to happen. Try to show how you will be contributing to the change you want to see. Here is an example of how Global Fund for Women, champions for gender equality, measure their impact. 

Your organisation will need to be able to demonstrate how your vision drives your work in this area, and what value your previous experience and knowledge in the outcome areas you have chosen can bring to the project and overall theme.