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By Huong Hoang and Céline Mias

The global fashion industry is one of the most female-dominated industries in the world. It is a goliath of an industry which includes the textile, clothing, and footwear sectors, which is estimated to employ about 60 million to 75 million people, 80% of which are women. Although countless women are behind this US$2.4 trillion industry which, if it were a country, would be the world’s seventh-largest economy, women workers are disproportionately represented. They are, in fact, found heavily concentrated in the most vulnerable and marginalized positions in the industry where they work for poverty wages and under harsh conditions. These women workers often face gender discrimination, exploitation and suffer from the impact of violence and harassment not just in the workplace but in their homes and on their way to and from work.

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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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The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have undoubtedly been, and continue to be, terrible for individuals, communities, and countries. Yet the crisis provides the world with a unique opportunity, an opportunity to build forward rather than back. The purpose of this report is to highlight how best this can be done, via a holistic approach to economic, climate and humanitarian policies, and by putting women and girls at the centre of recovery and reform.

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Fifteen years ago today was the last day of the Gleneagles G8 Summit. I was there as the adviser for Africa and International Development for Number 10. This was the culmination of a campaign that saw 9 million brits demonstrate their support for aid to the worlds’ poorest people and 225,000 people joined the Make Poverty History march. It felt like a momentous day as the G8 made some huge commitments in response to the campaign. 

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In the COVID-19 crisis, some commentators have noted that governments with women leaders have responded more effectively. For the most effective response and recovery, women’s leadership must go far beyond the top role, to be supported at all levels, in order to bring essential perspectives and experience, prevent roll backs on equality and lay the path for a fairer future.
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CARE’s initial submission to the IDSC Inquiry into COVID-19 Humanitarian Monitoring focuses on immediate risks and threats. Informed by evidence from previous public health and economic crises, CARE is deeply concerned about the implications of COVID-19 on women and girls in development and humanitarian settings. Using findings from the Global Rapid Gender Analysis for COVID-19, the submission presents evidence of the risks posed for women and girls, particularly in relation to health including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), economic empowerment and livelihoods, protection including against gender-based violence (GBV), and voice and leadership.

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This paper provides a summary of key issues and priority approaches to help ensure a COVID-19 local-led and gendered response that meets the needs of all people, including those most left behind. The paper draws on existing CARE positions in the COVID-19 crisis and is in line with existing humanitarian advocacy priorities for CARE (localisation, Gender in Emergencies, nexus, effectiveness).

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