Browse by Theme: Gender Equality

This briefing paper highlights key findings from in- depth research on DFID funded Nijera Botlagari Good Governance Initiative in Boltgari Union, North West Bangladesh implemented by Care Bangladesh and Ramnathpur Bahumukhi Nabayan Sangha (RBNS). The initiative facilitates social, economic and political empowerment processes with extremely poor women and men building their capacity to raise their voice and hold the Union Parishad council accountable for protecting and enhancing their rights.

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Coastal communities in Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu in southeastern India suffered lasting effects in the wake of the 2004 tsunami, when more than 2,800 hectares of land were rendered unproductive and more than 6,000 traditional fishing boats were destroyed. The ramifications of the tsunami’s destruction were particularly devastating for women in coastal areas engaged in backwater fishing. Women from scheduled caste fishing communities faced a strong gender bias before the disaster, which restricted their participation in the fishing value chain to post-catch processing. This innovation brief talks about CARE's success in using market-based interventions to develop the crab value chain in traditional fishing communities which provided new employment opportunities in the crab farming sector, increased incomes and food security, and empowered highly marginalized women.

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This case study looks at the Community Development Forum model developed by CARE Sri Lanka to build worker engagement on the tea estate communities of Sri Lanka.

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Through the Livestock Marketing and Enterprise Project and Livestock Purchusing Fund in Kenya CARE created a sustainable business that could act as a social enterprise and be profitable for the pastoralists long after donor project funding was finished. The enterprise also succeeeded in providing honest and fair cattle prices to the pastoralists by including them in pricing decisions and using forward contracts that would be based on a pre-agreed price per kilogram, and, in addition to the market-based interventions, a social component of encouraging gender equity and providing HIV/AIDS awareness education to the pastoralist communities.

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Pastoral communities in the Borana and Shinile zones of Ethiopia have been changing and adapting their livelihoods to changing environmental conditions for centuries. Recurrent droughts have been a major issue throughout history in the Ethiopian lowlands, and strategies to cope with, and adapt to these droughts are embedded in communities’ traditional social structures and resource management systems.

Despite the sense of determination, pastoralists’ ability to adapt is constrained by many factors including increasing land degradation; conflicts over scarce resources, which limit movement and destroy assets that are key for adaptation (especially in Borana); limited access to information (including that on weather, climate change, markets, as well as pest and disease outbreaks); limited education, skills and access to financial services and markets required to diversify their livelihoods; inadequate government policies, capacities and coordination; demographic pressures; and social and gender inequalities and marginalization, which reduce the voice and adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable.

Enhancing the adaptive capacity of pastoralists will require community-based and community-led interventions, but will also require tailored support from NGOs, donors, and governments and this study explores the issues and options facing all stakeholders.

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CARE International in Yemen is proud to have been associated with this initiative with rural women in Al Mahweet.

The accounts of the village men and women who took part speak clearly and positively of the real and lasting changes in their lives which have happened thanks to the hard work and dedication of CARE staff working in close partnership with local communities in Yemen under the coordination of Faiza Hisham and Stephany Kersten.

We hope that the images and accounts in this book will inspire the imaginations of others to help change the lives of more women in rural communities everywhere. This resource is also available in Arabic.

Empowerment of women, as formulated by CARE staff, is building the capacity of women to improve their knowledge, experiences and skills to make decisions, improve the livelihood of themselves and their families, to participate in development, and improve her self esteem, within the context of Islamic rules and beliefs.

For two years, CARE has been working with 13 women’s associations in Al Mahweet governorate to increase their capacity, manage their associations and to take charge of their own empowerment.

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On 31 October 2000 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1325, which stands as a landmark for the recognition of women’s rights in armed conflict.

Women are not only recognized as victims, but also as important actors in the post-war reconstruction.

The resolution addresses the need to increase women’s representation in peace processes and to support women’s peace initiatives.

It also addresses women’s vulnerability in armed conflict, particularly through gender based violence, and the need to prosecute such crimes.

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