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Call for Applications - School for the Advancement of Gender Equality

14 October 2021

University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Civil Society Initiative with support from the Government of Canada-funded grant, Foundations for Health and Empowerment Education (F4HE), and Advancing Gender Equity through Civil Society (AGECS) is establishing a School for the Advancement of Gender Equality (SAGE).

School for the Advancement of Gender Equality (SAGE) aims to assist women's rights, gender equality and women led organizations to strengthen their institutional competencies in a number of areas such as:

  • Gender equality and development, international agreements on gender equality, such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and others.
  • Gender equality and cultural norms: how to strive for balance.
  • Building advocacy campaigns on emerging Gender Equality and Women Empowerment issues (GEWE) at the country level and across the region.
  • New approaches to monitoring and evaluation of gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) initiatives, national commitments, national legislation, programs and interventions based on evidence and latest data.
  • Building institutional capacities to address gender advocacy issues, the use of technology and social media in advocacy and building content on GEWE issues.
  • Role of women's rights, gender equality and women led organizations in strengthening community resilience and awareness of GEWE issues.
  • Strengthening institutional capacities for the development of gender vs advocacy projects and initiatives, learning to define project’s MELR framework (Monitoring and Evaluation, Learning and Results) as well as project reporting based on the internal project data.

The list of themes will be discussed and adjusted with programme participants to better respond to their organizational needs.

Through SAGE, CSI will deliver a series of capacity-building activities for women's rights, gender equality and women led organizations. Combining these organizations from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, the aim is to underscore the importance of using data in advocacy messaging and will lead to collaborative relationships after the workshops end. To recruit students for SAGE, CSI will widely promote an open call for interested applicants in two countries. Applicants should describe their motivation to apply specify the gender-responsive and gender-transformative initiatives that they are involved in or through an ongoing advocacy project. CSI expects to enroll a cohort of 40-45 participants representing different organisations per cycle.

During the 12-months cycle, SAGE participants will have the opportunity to gain new knowledge and develop skills during each learning activity: regional kick off meetings, advanced advocacy workshop, advanced advocacy course, study tours visits, implementation of advocacy projects and final regional Forum on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.

The ideal SAGE applicant is an individual researcher or gender advocate, independent or affiliated with a for-profit or non-profit legal entity such as civil society organization, think tank, community-based organization, registered network, university or research center based in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

All applicants should fill out this form (, and send document package (for independent researchers and experts -1)CV of a candidate; for organizations - 1)overview of relevant organizational past performance ; 2) applicant nomination letter) on e-mail: . Participants will be selected on a competitive basis.

All interested applicants must submit their application in English or Russian to no later than 05 November 2021 at 18:00 (Bishkek time).

Please visit CSI page to read more about the School and application instructions.

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