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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: WOMEN’S BODILY AUTONOMY RESEARCH AND WRITING CONSULTANCY

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) seeks expressions of interest from suitable candidates to prepare a report consisting of i) a review of literature on women’s bodily autonomy and, ii) an assessment of the state of women’s bodily autonomy in 6 countries: Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Benin and Mozambique. The assessment will require the full development of a women’s bodily autonomy scorecard which CAL has conceptualized. This consultancy is for twenty (20) working days and is to be conducted between the 17th of November 2021 and the 14th of December 2021. The consultancy may be awarded to an individual or a team of consultants either in an organisation or working as independent consultants. 

About the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL):

The Coalition of African Lesbians is a feminist, activist and pan-Africanist network of 14 organisations in 10 countries in Africa committed to advancing freedom, justice and bodily autonomy for all women on the African continent and beyond. CAL is committed to raising consciousness among women, as well as strengthening activism and leadership on issues of gender and sexuality and their intersection with multiple forms of oppression in a wide range of women’s lived realities. We understand the place of Africa in the world and work in ways that affirm African women’s agency and power to contribute to transformative change on the continent and in the world. CAL operates with and from an understanding that African women face enormous constraints to their freedom and autonomy in their bodies, decision making of any kind and in their lives. 

About PowerUp!:

PowerUp Project! is a 5 year endeavour led by a consortium of four women’s rights organisations: Just Associates (JASS, lead organisation), a feminist movement support organisation rooted in the Global South; Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), a queer, Pan-African, feminist organisation; Yayasan Pemberdayaan Perempuan Kepala Keluarga (PEKKA), a national women-headed family empowerment network in Indonesia; and Gender at Work (G@W), an international feminist knowledge network.

PowerUp! seeks to engage with women human rights defenders (WHRD) and their organisations and networks to build, organise, mobilise and transform power around three strategic agendas – bodies, voices and resources. Our aims are the prevention and elimination of sexual and gender-based violence against women and girls; strengthening women’s leadership and women’s participation in (political) decision-making; and strengthening women’s strategies for economic resilience and stability, including access to and control of resources and land. Within this, the partnership focuses on ampliyfing the voices, agency and leadership of  constituencies that have been marginalised in their communities and social movements (LBQ women, HIV+ women, sex workers, women workers and rural and indigenous women). 

Purpose of Consultancy:

To conduct a literature review on the bodily autonomy of women in Africa, particularly  in PowerUp! focus countries: Kenya, Benin, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Uganda. Additionally, the aim is to create a scorecard that assesses the status of women’s bodily autonomy in the aforementioned countries. The women’s bodily autonomy scorecard is part of CAL’s research and knowledge production work within the PowerUp! project. 

Objectives of Consultancy: 

  1. Assess the current landscape of bodily autonomy in Africa; and
  2. Develop a tool that can be used to assess how countries are performing in safeguarding and promoting the bodily autonomy of young girls, women and gender non-conforming people in the PowerUp! focus countries. 
  3. Conduct an assessment of how countries perform on women’s bodily autonomy in the 6 countries based on the scorecard developed. 

Deliverables:

  1. Comprehensive literature review of bodily autonomy in Africa, including an outline of the current climate/status and challenges and gaps found within the bodily autonomy discourse and advocacy; 
  2. Development of the first bodily autonomy scorecard, scoring PowerUp! Countries according to the status of women’s access to and enjoyment of their bodily autonomy. 
  3. Provide an analysis of the state of bodily autonomy in the focus countries, including recommendations on how to improve the score. 

Timeframe: The duration of this consultancy is 20 working days, commencing as soon as possible and to be concluded by 14th of December 2021.

Location: Remote / Flexible.

Required expertise and skill set: 

  1. Qualification(s) in human rights, social sciences, humanities and other related disciplines. 
  2. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in undertaking feminist research and writing.
  3. Demonstrated experience in conducting desk-top research. 
  4. Advanced writing skills in English
  5. Relevant experience working regionally will be an added advantage.
  6. French language fluency is an added advantage.

Application

Interested and suitable applicants should send the following:

  1. An updated CV;
  2. Applicant’s up to date publications list;
  3. A one page proposal on how they would approach this project, having considered the objectives and deliverables; and
  4. A budget proposal for the execution of the project. 

Applications should be sent by 14th of November 2021 to nozizwe@cal.org.za, copying  fatima@cal.org.za

Please indicate in the subject line the reference, “PowerUp! Bodily Autonomy Research”.

DUE TO THE URGENCY OF THE APPLICATIONS, ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED AND INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED ON MONDAY THE 15TH OF NOVEMBER 2021

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