Browse by Theme: Women's Voice

Violence against women and girls is one of the worst global epidemics. Studies show that gender-based violence (GBV) accounts for as much death and ill-health in women aged 15-44 years as cancer does. It is a greater cause of ill-health than malaria and traffic accidents combined. One in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. The shocking truth is that violence against women and girls takes place in all countries, in homes, workplaces, schools and communities.

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The upcoming global summit (from June 10–13 in London) shines the spotlight back onto the subject of sexual violence in conflict. Newcomers to the subject might gasp and rightly point out: “This is horrifying, this is awful, something must be done!” – and so it must. But some humanitarian practitioners, speaking quietly from the back of the room, might say: “Excuse me, we have been working on this all along”.

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Empowering women is not without risks – we need to identify and overcome them...

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“Violence against women is accepted and some people even forget that it is a crime. It’s so common that it’s no longer considered as a serious matter.” These words from a woman activist in northern Ecuador, on the border with Colombia, are a stark reminder of what women are up against. So what can be done to protect women from the ever-present threat of gender-based violence?

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Privately, everyone working in development talks about domestic workers' rights. Publicly, no-one does. Why not?

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CARE International and the Overseas Development Institute are organizing the international conference "Women, Migration and Development: Investing in the future". This event will highlight the need to acknowledge migration as a key factor for sustainable development and the need to better protect the human rights of migrants.

If you would like to invest in your future in the development sector, here are 5 reasons why you should send apply for an internship working on this conference:

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Today we launch our paper Making decent work a reality for domestic workers: civil society's experience of ratifying ILO Convention 189 in the Andes. Since 2010, we have been supporting domestic workers and their organisations in the Andean region to fight for their labour rights. The rights include a minimum salary, a written contract and social protection such as provisions for maternity leave.

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