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CARE International UK invites you to the launch of our latest report on domestic workers and the ratification of ILO Convention 189. 

Venue: One Great George Street, Westminster SW1P 3 AA
Date: Tuesday 8 April, 9am-11 am
RSVP: by Friday 4 April: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0207 0916086 to confirm attendance

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As diplomats from around the world converge in New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW), CARE is bringing a delegation of women activists to the talks from Asia, Africa and Latin America to encourage states to give women a voice in monitoring development efforts, and to put gender equality at the heart of how we define development progress.

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Coinciding with the March 2014 Commission on the Status of Women taking place in New York, which is focussing on gender in the Millennium Development Goals, this policy brief provides suggestions on how to best enable progress on gender equality in the areas that have seen least progress since 2000.

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I've been attending the second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva. The Forum this year had more than 1,700 people from business, civil society, unions, academia and the UN system meeting to discuss progress on the UN Guiding Principles and share learning. I've been trying to figure out what it tells us about the progress of what many still call the Ruggie process.

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Today marks the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, which focuses for 2013 on the theme of militarism. The past year has seen the British Government and others make sexual violence as a weapon of war a political priority as never before – with a particular focus on seeking prosecutions to end impunity for such crimes.

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After decades of rule characterised by dictatorship, patronage and violence, in 2010 young people in the Arab world began to rise up and demand a new kind of politics. Women played their part as leaders and participants, and were not spared the backlash – suffering arrests, sexual harassment and even death. Though many commentators have warned that the Arab Spring is turning into an Autumn or Winter, with human rights rolled back and hopes for change dashed, CARE International’s research presents a more complex picture. As the dust continues to settle, there are both challenges and opportunities to expand the role women play in shaping the forces that affect their lives. The continuing upheaval in Egypt suggests that failures to address the root causes of the uprising and open up politics to new actors may not be sustainable over the long term.

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The UK Government has a lot to do to ensure companies pursue their core business responsibly. The current BIS Department consultation on Corporate Responsibility is an opportunity to come up with much clearer and more effective measures to get business to recognise the benefits of responsible behaviour and to build a framework that enables companies to be responsible. It also has to address the many companies who will drag their heels.

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