Howard Mollett

Howard Mollett

Role: Senior Policy Advisor

Team: Programmes and Policy team


I joined CARE in 2005, since then I’ve been lucky enough to work with our local teams and civil society partners in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Sudan, DRC, Kosovo and most recently on the Syria regional response team. My current responsibilities include co-chairing our global network of policy specialists on gender in emergencies, with a colleague in Pakistan, and leading CARE’s advocacy in the UK on the Syrian conflict.

Over the years, I have also worked on innovative research and advocacy with country teams on conflict analysis, civil-military relations and humanitarian access. What has kept me with CARE is the organisation’s support to grassroots activists and its commitment to addressing gender in a serious way.

Prior to joining CARE, previous roles included research on human security and development at the Centre for Defence Studies; the facilitation of a network monitoring human rights implications of the ‘Global War on Terror’; support to European coordination of the Make Poverty History campaign; global coalition-building with the Our World Is Not For Sale coalition; research on trade policy; and support to a network of environmental and human rights CSOs in the Balkans.

One good thing I’ve read

Drown by Junot Diaz - short stories that offer a brilliant fictional lens on gender, class and migrant experiences in the USA.


Twitter @HowardMollett

Blog posts

Will the UN Global Compact on Refugees leave women and girls behind?

Monday, 11 December 2017 17:19
This week (12-13 December 2017) diplomats meet in Geneva to take stock in negotiations towards a new UN ‘Global Compact on Refugees’ at the UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges. To coincide with the Dialogue, CARE is

World Refugee Day: A gender perspective on the future UN Global Refugee Compact

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 13:46
Today, June 20th, is World Refugee Day. It’s a day to raise awareness about the challenges faced by refugees and to hold governments accountable for commitments they made under the UN Refugee Convention to protect and assist displaced people. But

“Reconstruction of Syria cannot be a real estate industry”: Civil society’s challenge to the Brussels Conference on Syria

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 09:58
Today, ministers and senior diplomats from around the world meet with the UN, EU and states involved in the Syrian conflict for a high-level Conference (5 April) to identify ways forward on the crisis. This happens as news from Khan Sheikhoun in

Women’s rights are human rights: Views from CARE and partners

Friday, 09 December 2016 18:07
Human Rights Day happens 10 December every year to commemorate the day in 1948 that governments of the world adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations. Human Rights Day also marks the end of the yearly 16 Days of

An Afghan refugee girl’s message for European heads of state: “We have been spun around aimlessly by Europe”

Thursday, 20 October 2016 12:12
Today and tomorrow (20-21 October 2016), European heads of state meet in Brussels for the European Council. At the top of the agenda is European policy on migration. Having recently returned from Greece where I was supporting CARE’s efforts to

CARE scorecard on our petition to Theresa May on the Global Refugee Summits

Monday, 17 October 2016 12:25
In the run-up to the Global Summits on Refugees and Migrants at the United Nations in September 2016, CARE launched a petition to campaign for better protection for innocent civilians fleeing conflicts and natural disasters. We had three asks in our

Will the UN Refugee and Migrant Summits make things better for refugee women and girls?

Friday, 16 September 2016 10:29
Over 40 grassroots women-led civil society organisations, human rights and humanitarian agencies have today launched a new Joint Statement on Women and Girls outlining 10 recommendations for next week’s global refugee and migrant Summits – and

World Humanitarian Day – What does it mean to be a humanitarian in Europe?

Friday, 19 August 2016 12:20
What does it mean to be ‘a humanitarian’ working in Greece – a country in Europe that, notwithstanding its economic crisis, does not fit the bill of the classic ‘emergency’ context? How does the response in Greece challenge our assumptions

World Humanitarian Summit gender scorecard: How the WHS succeeded and failed from a gender perspective

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 17:35
I am sitting in the closing plenary of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul next to women first responders - civil society partners - from Syria, Somalia and Pakistan. It's been two intensive days, at times despairing, at times inspiring, in a

Closing the Gender Gap at the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond: What role for business in empowering women in humanitarian contexts?

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 10:20
On Friday 20 May 2016, on the eve of the first ever World Humanitarian Summit, CARE International with the support of Hogan Lovells convened a business/UN/government roundtable to discuss the potential for business to empower women in emergencies.
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