Browse by Theme: Gender Equality

On Friday, CARE International UK submitted a response to UK Parliament’s International Development Committee’s Inquiry into sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector.

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The International Women’s Day Keynote Speech delivered by Helen Pankhurst at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London on 8 March 2018.

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#MeToo began with the bravery of individual women not willing to be silenced about their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse. Their voices have become a global movement exposing the systemic nature of sexism and male entitlement in all industries and countries. And, with #AidToo, #LabourToo and #MosqueMeToo, the movement has shown that no section of work or society is immune.

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2018 marks 100 years since the first women (and only some of them) were legally allowed to vote in the UK. The year is full of opportunities to look back at how far the UK has come in women’s political participation – but with women making up barely a third of MPs, the answer is still ‘not far enough yet!’ That’s why CARE has helped to set up the Centenary Action Group.

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As we launch into 2018 it is worth reflecting that 2017 has not only seen some political upheavals in the UK and the US but also some fundamental social shifts. Whilst the revelations of sexual harassment and abuse of power from Hollywood to almost every workplace were not a surprise to some, they certainly got people talking about what is acceptable and gave people the confidence to come forward and share their #metoo experiences. So 2018 has to be the year we reinforce this cultural shift and secure some concrete changes in policy and practice when it comes to achieving gender justice at home and abroad.

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Until the acceleration of violence in 2015, women in Yemen were making some headway in challenging a system that largely excludes them from public life. But since 2015, war has impacted not only on their security and health, but also on the political spaces in which they can negotiate for empowerment. And as movement towards greater equality slow down, so too does the better protection from violence which accompanies it. So how can we break this vicious downward cycle?

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Women in Nepal think that the ability to stand up in meetings is their biggest resilience success. Find out why.

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