Browse by Theme: Women's Voice

Findings and lessons learned from the Great Lakes Advocacy Initiative

This short policy brief summarises the main lessons learned from a project implemented by CARE and its partners in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC from 2009 to 2013, which aimed to contribute to the increased protection of women and girls against gender-based violence in the region.

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Strategies, Results and Impacts of Evaluations 2011-2013

The report analyses the impact of CARE’s work around the world to tackle gender-based violence and considers how to build momentum to end the cycle of violence.

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This policy brief calls on states, multilateral agencies and NGOs to commit to ending sexual violence in conflict by scaling up programmes engaging men and boys, funding frontline services for survivors of gender violence during emergencies, and creating clear National Action Plans on gender-based violence prevention and response.

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In 2011, the International Labour Conference voted to adopt Convention 189 which, for the first time, mandates state supported protection to ensure decent work for domestic workers. Yet to date, only 12 countries have ratified and submitted the convention.

As an organisation dedicated to helping women and girls overcome poverty and injustice, CARE International is working to ensure that more follow suit.

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Coinciding with the March 2014 Commission on the Status of Women taking place in New York, which is focussing on gender in the Millennium Development Goals, this policy brief provides suggestions on how to best enable progress on gender equality in the areas that have seen least progress since 2000.

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After decades of rule characterised by dictatorship, patronage and violence, in 2010 young people in the Arab world began to rise up and demand a new kind of politics. Women played their part as leaders and participants, and were not spared the backlash – suffering arrests, sexual harassment and even death. Though many commentators have warned that the Arab Spring is turning into an Autumn or Winter, with human rights rolled back and hopes for change dashed, CARE International’s research presents a more complex picture. As the dust continues to settle, there are both challenges and opportunities to expand the role women play in shaping the forces that affect their lives. The continuing upheaval in Egypt suggests that failures to address the root causes of the uprising and open up politics to new actors may not be sustainable over the long term.

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In February 2012 CARE Pakistan started a project titled: 'Advocating for improved maternal newborn health (MNH) and sexual reproductive health (SRH) policy and practice for adolescent girls and young mothers (AIMS).' Implemented in partnership with Rahnuma-Family Planning Association of Pakistan (FPAP), this 14 month initiative combined evidence based research with targeted advocacy to successfully bring about changes in Pakistan's policies regarding MHN and SRH for adolescent girls and young mothers.

The AIMS project aimed to increase awareness regarding the specific reproductive and sexual health needs of adolescent girls and young mothers, and to advocate for their inclusion in provincial health policies. CARE and FPAP used evidence from the project's research to design a targeted advocacy strategy and to engage with key stakeholders including provincial parliamentarians, district officials, community leaders, civil society and media representatives, through a structured process of meetings, workshops and consultations. This is one of the outcomes of the project's research component.

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