Browse by Theme: Conflict & Fragility

French President Emmanuel Macron convenes a high-level conference in Paris from 11 to 13 November titled the ‘Peace and Governance Forum’, which he has described as the political sister to the annual World Economic Forum in Davos. Based on CARE’s programmatic experience in peace and governance work, CARE International Secretary General, Caroline Kende-Robb, shares reflections and recommendations in advance of the forum.

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When it comes to Yemen, we are stuck in a waiting game, and expecting the worst. Two weeks ago, the UN announced that the country is on the brink of the world’s worst famine in 100 years, with 14 million civilians at risk of starvation.

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‘Rape against women and girls is common during the crisis. This is done by both soldiers and civilians.’ This quote comes from just one of the many women who have endured sexual violence in South Sudan – and in my role as Gender and Protection Co-ordinator at CARE South Sudan, I see thousands of women like this.

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CARE Yemen's response to the crisis has been to buy local and to build local. The ability of humanitarian agencies to respond in Yemen is currently under threat - but the impact of that work is crucial not just in meeting immediate needs, but in building local capacity to meet needs in the longer term. Here's what one of CARE's emergency response projects in Yemen has achieved, and how we did it.

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2017 has no question been a year of harrowing humanitarian crises, a deadly year of natural disasters. According to the UN, never in our lifetimes have so many people been in need of humanitarian assistance as in 2017. What might surprise you is that many of the millions of people in need do not live in any of those places you have seen on TV. They live in Chad, Burundi, in the Central African Republic or the Democratic Republic of Congo...

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As we launch into 2018 it is worth reflecting that 2017 has not only seen some political upheavals in the UK and the US but also some fundamental social shifts. Whilst the revelations of sexual harassment and abuse of power from Hollywood to almost every workplace were not a surprise to some, they certainly got people talking about what is acceptable and gave people the confidence to come forward and share their #metoo experiences. So 2018 has to be the year we reinforce this cultural shift and secure some concrete changes in policy and practice when it comes to achieving gender justice at home and abroad.

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Until the acceleration of violence in 2015, women in Yemen were making some headway in challenging a system that largely excludes them from public life. But since 2015, war has impacted not only on their security and health, but also on the political spaces in which they can negotiate for empowerment. And as movement towards greater equality slow down, so too does the better protection from violence which accompanies it. So how can we break this vicious downward cycle?

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