Browse by Theme: Gender Based Violence

Yesterday (22 September 2014) at the UN General Assembly in New York, John Kerry, US Secretary of State, convened a ministerial meeting to review progress on the Call to Action on Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies. What were the highlights and key points? And what needs to happen to get the Call to Action out of the ‘gender silo’ and into the heart of wider humanitarian reforms ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016?

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As world leaders meet at the UN General Assembly, US Secretary of State John Kerry is holding a high-level review of the global ‘Call to Action on Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies’. But what is the best way to hold donors and aid agencies accountable for the commitments they have made on gender issues?

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CARE had a big role at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in June – and you’ve read on Insights what we think the Summit achieved, and what are the challenges ahead. But what is CARE doing now to turn the talk into action?

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Syrian refugees fleeing the now 3-year-old conflict have faced rape during raids by security forces, and rape and sexual assault is so prevalent that women and girl refugees cited it as the main reason they left their country. Yet when they arrive to their supposed sanctuary and refuge, they are faced with the prospect of sexual violence and harassment at a communal toilet block.

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Two weeks on from the summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict and the dust is starting to settle. The positives outweigh the negatives so what next for the issue of gender-based violence and conflict, and what next for CARE?

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CARE’s discussion event at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict explored how the trauma of conflict permeates society long after conflict ends, made recommendations about the role of education in challenging attitudes and behaviours, and identified some of the challenges for scaling up this work to achieve long-term change.

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CARE called on the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict to tackle the root causes by supporting and scaling up innovative programmes to engage men and boys on gender equality and gender-based violence prevention. At a CARE panel event at the Summit, Edouard Munyamaliza described how CARE partner organisation RWAMREC has been doing this in Rwanda since 2006. So what has RWAMREC achieved, and what can we learn from it?

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