Ended Call for Proposals: Supporting Humanitarian, Psychosocial, Legal, and Education Needs of Women in Detention 

Call for Proposals

Program/Project: Supporting Humanitarian, Psychosocial, Legal, and Education Needs of Women in Detention      

1.       Introduction

As the Humanitarian crisis in Yemen enters its fifth year of conflict, the country is on a fast pace towards exacerbating needs in all sectors. Based on the HNO 2019, an estimated 80% of the population which is equal to 24 million Yemenis require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance including 14.4 million who are in acute need higher with a 27% than the last year, while two thirds of all districts in the country are already pre-famine, and one-third face a convergence of multiple acute vulnerabilities, leaving millions in this dramatically escalating situation since 2015 and forcing millions to face risks to their safety and basic rights.

Despite women’s vital roles, they are too often neglected and the most vulnerable sector in conflict zones. These conflicts are concentrated in poor countries emanating from fragile inequality, discrimination and social conflicts.

Women are often the drivers, strong networkers, managers, organizers, caretakers in the community. However, when you talk about disasters at the highest level, the ones who are talking and making the decisions tend to be men. 

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women established its presence in Yemen in 2014 working in close collaboration with the UN system providing coordination and programme support to strengthen the UN response to addressing national priorities for gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with UN Women’s strategic vision. UN Women also focuses on supporting women’s effective engagement in the overall humanitarian response with partners and beneficiaries, which is consistent with the Generation Equality: Beijing +25 – Year of UNSCR 1325 for the UNWOMEN (a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is strengthened and implemented) and  (all women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence) this CFP comes as a response to these critical needs in order to pave the way for a more resilient and empowered women, in detention and after being released to ensure a foster environment where women are reintegrated in their families and communities

Funded by the United Nations Peacebuilding fund, UN Women is currently implementing the project titled “Responding to Humanitarian Conditions in Places of Detention”. The overall goal of the project is to divert cases and improve basic conditions for people in detention (central prisons, rehabilitation centers, prosecution centers, and detention centers), with particular attention to the special needs of women, and to lay the foundation to strengthen resilience of detainees, and strengthen their social ties with families and communities.

The project is designed around 3 outputs:

Output 1: Basic humanitarian conditions are improved in places of detention, with particular attention to the special needs of women and children

Output 2: Rehabilitation and reintegration efforts for detainees are strengthened, with particular attention to the special needs of women and children

Output 3: Appropriate diversion options and alternatives to incarceration are available to women and children.

Description of required services/results

In line with the project results framework, UN Women Yemen Programme welcomes proposals from interested Implementing Partners (local NGOs) to conduct and implement project activities targeting female detainees in prisons and detention centers. The required project activities are as follows:

A. Humanitarian Aid:

Activity 1.2: Address urgent humanitarian and gender-specific health-care needs for women and their accompanying children in prisons and detention centers.  

o    Under this activity, among others, the following indicators will be measured:

§  Number of female detainees and their accompanying children receiving urgent humanitarian and gender-specific health-care support.

Minimum Targets:

o    Sana’a and Dhamar: 100 women

o    Aden, Mukalla, Marib: 50 women

o    Ibb, Hodeidah, Taiz: 50 women

§  Number of humanitarian and gender-specific health-care support packages delivered to female detainees and their accompanying children.

Minimum Targets:

o    Sana’a and Dhamar: 200 packages

o    Aden, Mukalla, Marib: 100 packages

o    Ibb, Hodeidah, Taiz: 100 packages

B.  Psychosocial Support:

Activity 2.2: Support detention centers to resume psychosocial support for female detainees in the targeted detention centers (Includes building capacities of psychosocial specialists hired by the detention centers, and/or increasing the number of specialists where necessary).

o    Under this activity, among others, the following indicators will be measured:

o    Improved psychosocial services for female detainees in:

o    Sana’a and Dhamar

o    Aden, Mukalla, Marib

o    Ibb, Hodeidah, Taiz

C. Education, literacy and vocational training:

Activity 2.4: Support education, literacy and vocational training programs for female detainees. This will include:

  • Develop a literacy and vocational plan for female prisoners and an education plan for children incarcerated with their mothers
  • Provide literacy classes for women and girls in detention
  • Support the educational needs of children incarcerated with their mothers
  • Support reinstating vocational training programmes for women in detention
  • Under this activity, among others, the following indicators will be measured:
    • Improved averaged literacy scores pre/post services.
    • Number of women prisoners accessing literacy or vocational training services.

o    Sana’a and Dhamar: 50 women

o    Aden, Mukalla, Marib: 25 women

o    Ibb, Hodeidah, Taiz: 25 women

D. Legal Support:

  • Activity 2.3: Provide female detainees with legal aid.
  • Activity 3.3: Provide legal aid for pre-trial detainees in prisons and detention centers.

o    Under these activities, among others, the following indicators will be measured:

  • Number of women accessing legal aid services.
  • Number of pre-trial detainees received legal aid

2.  Timeframe and locations: 

The planned timeframe for implementing the activities is January – 30 July 2020.

The targeted locations/cities are clustered as follows: 

Locations Group A: Sana’a and Dhamar prisons and detention centers. 

Locations Group B: Aden, Mukalla, Marib prisons and detention centers.

Locations Group C: Ibb, Hodeidah and Taiz prisons and detention centers.

Based on their access and outreach, applicants have the option of applying for location groups A, B, Or C separately. If applicants are able to implement in two or all three locations groups, a financial offer/budget for each location group is to be provided separately. Based on the fast pace of changing numbers of female detainees, selected Implementing Partners are encouraged to target as many beneficiaries as possible in the targeted prisons during the time of intervention. The selected Partner will be responsible for acquiring all permits and clearances related to implementing the activities.

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