Browse by Theme: Gender Equality

On International Women’s Day, 8 March 2020, advocates for better labour rights, especially for women workers, have been celebrating a major achievement: there is now a new international labour standard that recognises everyone’s right to work free from violence and harassment. Yet nothing will change on the ground for working women and men until governments strengthen laws, and employers improve policies and practices.

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I have been part of rapid response teams deploying to typhoons, cyclones and floods in Asia and droughts in East and Southern Africa and worked on emergency responses for 15 years. Each time, I’ve seen first-hand how around the world, women and girls are all too often on the frontlines of the climate emergency.

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This policy briefing from CARE International UK outlines why women must be a central part of the response to the climate crisis, and argues that the UK Government, as host of the COP26 UN climate talks in November 2020 in Glasgow, has an influential and critical role to play in accelerating global ambition to stop the climate crisis, and securing commitments that put women first.

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This report, based on in-depth and community-based research, sought to examine resilience in Syria from the experiences and reflections shared by Syrians inside the country. The research focused on the following questions: What does resilience mean from the perspective of people living in Syria? How has the conflict affected the role of women within their families and communities? How does it relate to the humanitarian community’s and CARE’s definitions of resilience? What systems need to be strengthened to better support the resilience of households and communities in protracted crisis?

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his research study, to complement the Understanding resilience: Perspectives from Syrians report, examines in greater depth the transformative resilience and gender norms for Syrian women in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. It specifically sought to answer one key question: “How has the Syrian conflict affected the role of Syrian women within their families and communities (positively and negatively) within refugee hosting communities in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey?”

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This policy brief analyses how Syrian women have adopted new livelihood strategies, new ways of accessing education, and new gender roles; and makes recommendations for how donors, as well as humanitarian and development agencies, should promote women’s leadership in humanitarian and early recovery responses, supporting a platform for Syrian women to define their own priorities, shape the support they receive, and make decisions for themselves and their dependents.

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When this new government was elected, CARE International UK and our supporters called for four actions in their first 100 days that would demonstrate their commitment to gender equality, tackling climate change and spearheading international development.

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