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Funding leadership and opportunities for women (FLOW)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Netherlands has funding available aimed at improving the position of women and girls all around the world: Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW).

The Ministry's funding announcement states:

Worldwide, slight progress has been made in recent decades in attaining women’s rights and equal treatment. Many countries have abolished discriminatory laws and criminalized violence against women. They have made investments in health and education, and in some countries the economic participation of women has increased. In general, however, the pace of change is slow. In some countries and sectors, progress is at a standstill or has even been reversed. Despite major regional and contextual differences, most experts agree that there is no country where progress towards gender equality is either assured or irreversible.

Call for proposals

FLOW funds programs in low- and lower-middle income countries. 93 million EUR is available for the period of 2016-2020, for programs aiming at:

  1. Combatting violence against women;
  2. Participation by women in politics and public administration; and
  3. Women’s economic participation and self-reliance.

The deadline for submitting FLOW proposals is 31 August 2015. More information about FLOW, e.g. policy framework and application form, can be found in the documents below.

Specific questions can be addressed via email address: and twitter accounts @community_flow and @nlwomensrights.