Project profile — Support to Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund - Emergency Response to COVID-19


2020-07-09 - 2022-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
IFM International Security

Country / region 

• Oceania, regional (20.00%)
• Europe, regional (20.00%)
• Africa, regional (20.00%)
• America, regional (20.00%)
• Asia, regional (20.00%)


• Health: COVID-19 control (12264) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project works to provide funding to local CSOs in fragile and conflict-affected states, who are actively engaged in delivering key resources and services to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID-19 outbreaks have had significant, negative impacts in many countries. These impacts have been amplified in fragile and conflict-affected contexts where conflict drivers are further exacerbated. Local CSOs around the world are playing key roles in supporting efforts to respond to, and stem the spread of COVID-19. Project activities include: (1) persuading populations to follow public health directives; (2) advocating for specific needs for women and girls in response to COVID-19; and (3) supporting women who constitute 70% of the workers and care givers in the health and social sector globally, and are on the frontlines of the response.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) strengthened leadership and meaningful participation of women and girls in all decision-making processes in addressing the COVID-19 outbreak; (2) mobilized women’s organizations at community level to ensure that public health education messages on risk and prevention strategies are reaching all women; (3) supported women who are most economically affected by the crisis; (4) strengthened access to sexual and reproductive health services, including pre-and post-natal care; and (5) supported prevention and response to gender-based violence, including through safe shelters but also campaigns on social norms targeting male engagement in domestic work and combatting domestic violence.

Results achieved 

Results archived as of March 2022 include: (1) through support to the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian COVID-19 Emergency Response Window, a total of 48 projects representing 75 women’s rights organizations across 18 countries received funding, directly benefiting over 1 million people; (2) local women’s organizations established and supported 41 local, regional and national mechanisms to improve gender-responsive crisis planning and programming, including COVID-19 response committees; and (3) supported 8 civil society initiatives in Afghanistan, Liberia, Mali and South Sudan through assistance to the Rapid Response Window. This involved 104 women peacebuilders and activists that have participated in formal peace processes, negotiations or peace agreement implementation, and directly benefiting over 250 people (76% women).

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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