Cablegate: Recommendations for Fy 2007 Eap/Rsp Women's Issues Fund


DE RUEHML #3795/01 3330450
O 290450Z NOV 07





E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 136319

1. In response to the FY 2007 EAP/RSP Women's Issues Fund proposal
solicitation, Embassy Manila received ten grant proposals from
Philippine non-governmental organizations (NGOs), aimed at promoting
women's political participation and economic independence, and
contributing to women's freedom from violence and trafficking. Our
Mission reviewed the ten proposals and recommends four proposals
from the following NGOS: Ing Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) Foundation;
Women's Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense (WOMENLEAD)
Foundation; Al-Mujadillah Development Foundation (AMDF); and
Bangsamoro Women Foundation for Peace and Development, Inc.

2. A summary of each proposal follows, listed in priority order.
Embassy will send by email to EAP/RSP the complete project proposals
per reftel guidance. Embassy point of contact is Political Officer
Barry Fullerton (phone: 63-2-301-2583; e-mail:

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Project 1: Ing Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) Foundation, Inc.
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A. Name of applicant: Ing Makababaying Aksyon (IMA) Foundation,

B. Project title: Community-Based Action against Trafficking and
Violence Against Women (COMBAT-VAWC)

C. Total amount requested: $24,400

D. Project overview: The project aims to prevent trafficking in
persons and violence against women and their children in Angeles
City and in the Central Luzon region. IMA Foundation will conduct
forums, community consultations and local campaigns, and publish
information materials to raise the awareness of key community
stakeholders on the prevention and elimination of trafficking and
violence against women. It will support the formation of
community-based women and children organizations or watchdogs
against trafficking and violence against women in villages with high
incidence of such cases. The project will also provide assistance to
victims of trafficking and gender violence in the form of
counseling, medical and legal services, temporary shelter,
livelihood and education assistance, support group formation, case
management, rescue, and referral. IMA foundation also seeks to
broaden its support and improve its capability to fight trafficking
through coalition partnerships, trainings, information exchange, and
best practices sharing.

Project 2: WOMENLEAD Foundation, Inc.

A. Name of applicant: Women's Legal Education, Advocacy and Defense
(WOMENLEAD) Foundation, Inc.

B. Project title: Litigating Cases of Trafficking in Women and
Girl-Children: Best practices, Issues and Recommendations

C. Total amount requested: $25,000

D. Project overview: The goal of the proposed project is trafficking
prevention through programs that promote rehabilitation and
reintegration of victims and survivors. The project has three
components: (1) provision of direct legal services to trafficking
survivors by WOMENLEAD staff lawyers and paralegals; (2) focused
group discussions with private lawyers and paralegals (from
WOMENLEAD and other network NGOs) to document their experiences in
handling cases of trafficking and record best practices and lessons
learned, and make recommendations for more effective legal
intervention; and (3) sharing and presentation of results to other
stakeholders. Through the project, WOMENLEAD hopes to continue
rendering legal services to the 18 trafficking survivors it
currently assists, help them in the healing process, and use their
cases as case studies in its documentation of best practices.

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Project 3: Al-Mujadillah Development Foundation, Inc.
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A. Name of applicant: Al-Mujadillah Development Foundation, Inc.

B. Project title: Community-based Education Session on Women's

C. Total amount requested: $24,909

D. Project overview: The project aims to educate Bangsamoro
(Filipino Muslim) women and men on laws to protect women's rights as

a means of curbing violence against women. Previous studies
conducted by the Al-Mujadillah Development Foundation show that
Filipino Muslim women are marginalized, are subject to
discrimination, and often suffer from domestic violence. The project
targets the Muslim women and men in eight selected communities of
the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). AMDF will identify
and invite experts who will produce a community-based education
module for culture-sensitive, responsive and faith-based education
sessions on ending violence against women. The organization will
train community-based education session trainers and legal aid
professionals on ending violence against women. These trainers will
raise the awareness of the participants from the eight communities
in ARMM on laws protecting women from violence. The participants
will be encouraged to create a community-based response mechanism to
end violence against women in their community.

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Project 4: Bangsamoro Women Foundation for Peace
and Development, Inc.
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A. Name of applicant: Bangsamoro Women Foundation for Peace and
Development, Inc.

B. Project title: Sustainable Economic Development for Bangsamoro

C. Total amount requested: $25,000

D. Project overview: The proposed project is an expansion of a
previous EAP Women's Issues Fund project, "Women Empowerment through
Sustainable Economic Development," implemented in 10 communities in
central and western Mindanao. The project would establish similar
sustainable livelihood programs in five communities in Tawi-Tawi
province, aimed at developing the capabilities of women in the
province to earn a living for their family and increase their
self-esteem and self-sufficiency. Project activities include (1)
organizing local Bangsamoro (Filipino Muslim) women's associations
and cooperatives in five communities and facilitating the government
registration of their associations; (2) capacity building of the
Bangsamoro women's associations and cooperatives through training
and technical assistance; (3) capacity building of the members of
the associations through programs that assess the livelihood skills,
opportunities and community resources and training that can help
develop livelihood, financial management and marketing skills; and
(4) provision of revolving seed capital to jumpstart livelihood
projects for Bangsamoro women through a loan-grant mechanism.

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