Browse by Theme: Women's Voice

The UK government has a crucial role to play in supporting women and girls, in all their diversity, to lead on climate change in 2021 as hosts of the G7 and COP26.

On Monday 23rd November 2-3pm GMT, join the Big Tent and CARE International UK, ActionAid UK, Plan International UK, Wen (Women’s Environmental Network) and the Centenary Action Group (CAG) as they explore the importance of women and girls’ leadership in the management of the climate crisis.

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Women’s marginalisation in public life and under-representation in decision-making and leadership perpetuates gender injustice. Supporting women to have a say in decisions that affect their lives is a strategy for achieving equitable and sustainable change in all of CARE’s work, including women’s economic justice, the right to health, food, water and nutrition, climate justice, and humanitarian action. This position paper provides guidance and resources for CARE leadership and staff to enable us to respond to women's aspirations for equal voice and social transformation.

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The UK Government has a crucial opportunity to ensure women and girls are put at the heart of climate action as it hosts COP26 next year, the annual global climate change summit. But their recent decision to appoint an all-male hosting team for their Presidency puts their credibility into question. We are outlining four steps the UK government needs to take to ensure gender justice is central to their COP Presidency, and to drive implementation of bold climate action.

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On 17 March 2020, the Jordanian government introduced measures to tackle the spread of COVID-19 in Jordan. Under such measures, Jordanians were only able to leave their homes between 8.00am and 6.00pm. Every day at 6.00pm, a curfew siren would be sounded, after which point no one was permitted to leave their property. The punishments for breaking such measures were severe as the Jordanian government imposed one of the strictest nationwide lockdowns in the world, with lawbreakers facing arrest and up to a year in prison.

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Growing up in Uganda I saw directly the effects of climate change. Temperatures have risen and extreme weather events such as heatwaves, floods and droughts have increased in intensity and frequency.

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Local women-led organisations and women’s rights organisations play critically important roles in crisis response, but their efforts often lack both political and financial support. In this report, 15 such organisations provide a snap-shot of the COVID-19 response to date in terms of access to funding, partnerships and decision-making for women-led organisations and women’s rights organisations. 

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Governments, NGOs, and society at large must work towards the end of child marriage, but it is also critical to recognise the power of girls to lead the way to end this practice in their own communities. UNFPA estimates that 13 million more child marriages could take place by 2030 than would have prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, programmes that work to end child marriage are unable to operate due to shelter-in-place directives. However, girl activists, within their own communities, are able to subversively challenge the norms and attitudes that put them at risk for child marriage.

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