Browse by Theme: Gender Based Violence

This brief provides an overview of a 2016 gender assessment commissioned by CARE, Oxfam, and GenCap that analyses the impact of the conflict on gender dynamics in Yemen. The assessment was the first of its kind since the conflict began to delve into detail about changes to gender roles and relations and the differing needs of women, girls, men, and boys in Yemen – critical information needed to inform effective humanitarian programming.

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On Her Own

September 2016

How women forced to flee from Syria are shouldering increased responsibility as they struggle to survive

As the Syrian refugee crisis worsens, women are shouldering increased responsibility for the safety and survival of their families, and are facing additional threats and vulnerabilities as they make the journey through Europe. This report provides a brief insight into the emerging role of women in the Syrian crisis, and the challenges and pressures that Syrian refugee women face.

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Back in 2013, a senior UN policy-maker told CARE: “Gender isn’t summit-worthy.” Since then, concerted advocacy by hundreds of women and men has turned this around. CARE has played a leading role by co-convening the first global consultation with over 40 women from every region with the WHS Secretariat, and following up at the national level in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jordan and elsewhere. So what can we expect from the Summit, and what are the next steps?

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CARE's progress towards achieving gender equality in humanitarian programming

Over the past five years CARE has invested significantly in working on gender in emergencies. This report demonstrates CARE’s progress and highlights the impact and importance of gender sensitive and equality approaches for ensuring that women and girls are reached and empowered through humanitarian action.

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The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has just held its Annual Meeting in London, and I was lucky enough to participate in a panel discussion on their recently published Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality 2016-2020. A key focus of the discussion was how EBRD can best work with civil society organisations towards achievement of the strategy. There are many points to welcome in the strategy – but also many challenges to be faced...

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People have a certain image of what constitutes an emergency. To someone you ask in the street they would probably imagine panic, chaos and people desperately trying to save their families. And that is true but not always the case, as emergencies get more drawn out due to long-standing conflict, like in Syria, or are slow-burning crises such as Ethiopia’s drought brought on by the climate impacts of El Nino. In these situations, emergency is embedded in everyday life – thinking about the safest route to go to the market or children dropping out of school becomes a part of daily life. And this is when it is not so easy to differentiate humanitarian and development approaches as short-term creeps into long-term.

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Why is violence against women so prevalent? What is perpetuating and fuelling this trend of misogyny? Is society to blame? And, most importantly, how can we prevent gender-based violence? Advocacy intern Miski Abdi argues that GBV should have no place in a modern, egalitarian, democratic society.

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