Browse by Theme: Women's Voice

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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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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Co-authored by Ros MacVean, Safeguarding Coordinator, CARE International, and Howard Mollett, Senior Policy Advisor, CARE International UK: Today’s Summit on Safeguarding provides an important moment for international donors, UN agencies and humanitarian agencies working on the ground to outline their commitments on how to better protect both staff and members of the communities we aim to support from sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

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This week marks the one year anniversary of #MeToo, and the subsequent #AidToo movement. This transformed the global conversation, and put this critical issue high on the public agenda. I for one hope it stays there until we as a society and we as an industry overcome the power imbalances and gender inequality that underpin sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment.

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In Zimbabwe, mothers and school management worked to improve girls’ academic achievement through the Improving Girls’ Access through Transforming Education programme (IGATE). When you ask girls what they liked best about the initiative, many of them will tell you about the emergency skirt.

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As the Brussels II Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region gets underway, CARE International is partnering with UN Women, UNFPA, WILPF, Kvinna Til Kvinna, Oxfam and the Swedish government to host an event for Syrian women to share their priorities with ministers and senior officials. This blog outlines three suggestions from CARE to strengthen efforts to address gender and women’s rights in the Syrian crisis response.

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