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Nadine Nohr is a Trustee of CARE International UK.

Sitting in a board meeting in central London it is sometimes hard to grasp the day-to-day reality of CARE International programmes, particularly for those of us like myself not from the sector. Which was one of the reasons why the opportunity to witness first-hand the work that CARE does in the field felt like one not to be missed.

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As the Brussels II Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region gets underway, CARE International is partnering with UN Women, UNFPA, WILPF, Kvinna Til Kvinna, Oxfam and the Swedish government to host an event for Syrian women to share their priorities with ministers and senior officials. This blog outlines three suggestions from CARE to strengthen efforts to address gender and women’s rights in the Syrian crisis response.

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On Friday, CARE International UK submitted a response to UK Parliament’s International Development Committee’s Inquiry into sexual exploitation and abuse in the aid sector.

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In June 2017 the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, announced that “the UN has to change” and shift to a new way of working. Amongst other action points, and building upon commitments made at the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit, he highlighted the importance of bridging the humanitarian/development divide through building a ‘Nexus’, with the potential for also integrating peacebuilding work.

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Will the parliamentary debate on refugee family reunion be a chance for the UK government to adopt a fairer approach? Right now in the UK, refugees who have been torn apart from their families by war and persecution continue to be separated from the people they love because of unfair and restrictive rules.

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Delivering aid as cash is fast becoming recognised as one of the most important ways to help crisis affected citizens and the communities around them. The CaLP and Accenture State of the World’s Cash Report, launched today, will be the first attempt to document just how far cash programming has come in terms of the quantity and quality. It is a critical time to see what the future of humanitarian aid looks like.

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At CARE we believe that a good humanitarian response has to respond to anyone in need, regardless of their gender. This comes with an understanding that greater priority must be given to women and girls due to entrenched gender inequalities. But when the world is impacted by an unprecedented refugee crisis and the vast majority of lone refugees are adolescent boys and men, are we really understanding and responding to their unique assistance and protection needs?

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