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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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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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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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Social movements are a critical vehicle for change around the world, including in many countries where CARE operates. This Power Tool provides guidance on how CARE (and others) can engage in strategic partnerships with social movement actors. It is based on the work of CARE in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote dignified work for domestic workers and advance their rights. Available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.

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