Browse by Theme: Gender Equality

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day is #BalanceforBetter – a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. Working for CARE’s humanitarian team, we know all too well the very specific challenges facing #BalanceforBetter in life-saving emergency response, write Isadora Quay and Howard Mollett.

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Co-authored by Rebecca Haines, CARE Senior Governance Advisor; Tam O’Neil, CARE Senior Gender Advisor; and Emily Brown, Oxfam Gender and Governance Adviser.

For many development professionals, political economy has become the gold standard of foundational analysis for programming. It helps us to understand how power and resources are distributed in a society or sector and is important for ensuring our programmes and campaigns avoid cookie-cutter technical solutions and are designed for real world impact.

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Gender equality and inclusive governance are each acknowledged to be key cross-cutting issues vital for ensuring sustainable development. In two recent reports, CARE Australia examined the impacts and the lessons to be gained from considering how these two approaches intersect in practice. The studies draw on over eight years of governance programming in Papua New Guinea and have been analysed using CARE’s Inclusive Governance and Gender Equality frameworks.

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CARE and Diageo have conducted an in-depth gender analysis of Diageo’s barley supply chain in Oromia region, Ethiopia. We have been working together in a global partnership since 2016 and wanted to more deeply understand the barriers and opportunities for women’s economic empowerment. We believe that what we learned could provide useful lessons not just for Diageo, but for any business with a global supply chain.

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This week, the British and Kenyan Governments, together with the International Disability Alliance, co-host a Global Disability Summit. Over 700 delegates from governments, donors, private sector organisations, charities and organisations of persons with disabilities come together to launch a Charter for Change outlining ten pledges to transform global efforts on disability. When governments convene high-level Summits like this the question on everyone’s lips is always, what difference will this make the day after?

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Gender equality is high on the corporate agenda, from sales of feminist merchandise, to gender pay gap reporting, to celebrities and politicians forming coalitions; confronting institutional norms and behaviour. It feels like we are in a moment in history where putting gender equity firmly on the table and creating positive change could achieve lasting equality. But behind the hashtags, the empowering t-shirts and glossy photographs, are we really creating change and tackling the barriers to gender equity and inclusive business?

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Next week (18 June) brings the second annual review meeting of the ‘Grand Bargain’, which will review an annual report building on individual submissions of the signatories, which spans donor governments, UN agencies and NGOs (including CARE). So how should the review be marking the Grand Bargain’s report card?

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