Browse by Theme: Gender Based Violence

Ongoing conflict and drought mean millions of people in Somalia and Somaliland have found themselves in humanitarian crisis. Cash and voucher assistance programs (CVA) serve as a key modality for agencies providing support. As well as meeting basic needs, recent studies have shown that cash assistance also impacts gender-based violence. Women and girls in Somalia report that CVA can reduce their risk of rape, physical assault, and sexual harassment.

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We should always identify those who are local to speak for themselves. I always say we have our own mouths. Why don’t we talk, why don’t you give us that room? Ask me what my problem is, and I will tell you...

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In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), 1 in 5 girls are married before 18 and early marriage is a negative coping mechanism for those affected by humanitarian crises. CARE’s goal is that by 2025, child marriage will be averted or mitigated for 6 million girls in MENA, especially in conflict-affected communities. Learn more about our impact and stories of change in this 2018 Impact Report.

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Co-authored by Howard Mollett, CARE International UK Senior Policy Advisor, and Isadora Quay, CARE International Gender in Emergencies Programme Quality Coordinator:

January is an excuse for New Year’s resolutions and ambitious plans that may, or may not, translate into reality. So we at the CARE Gender in Emergencies team thought we’d share our top three hopes for 2019 too!

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Violence and harassment in the workplace - whether in Westminster, Hollywood or McDonalds - continues to make headlines. Its impact on workers and business is increasingly becoming apparent. CARE research in the Cambodian garment sector revealed that there is an estimated 89M$ cost to the economy per year from absenteeism and lost productivity. Legislative changes are also afoot – with proposed changes in the UK and a new global convention due to be agreed in 2019. What then, can companies that want to take the issue seriously do to prepare and improve?

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Understanding of the extent to which sexual harassment affects industries across the globe has increased exponentially. Numerous studies emphasise the frequency with which women experience violence and harassment at work. The Australian Human Rights Commission’s recent report on sexual harassment in the Australian workplace found that 1 in 3 women have experienced sexual harassment in the past five years. Emerging evidence in South-East Asia suggests this figure is higher than 1 in 2 in some industries. Such studies, combined with the spotlight shone on this topic by the #metoo movement, mean the prevalence of sexual harassment globally is undeniable. 

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From Cox’s Bazaar to Kinshasa, women are not passive beneficiaries of assistance. Women responders – volunteers, activists, leaders, women-led groups, organisations and networks – are taking actions to mitigate and respond to protection risks. Yet too often, women are sidelined by humanitarian programming. That’s not just discriminatory – it’s ineffective.

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