Howard Mollett

Howard Mollett

Role: Senior Policy Advisor

Team: Programmes and Policy team


I joined CARE in 2005, since then I’ve been lucky enough to work with our local teams and civil society partners in countries as diverse as Afghanistan, Sudan, DRC, Kosovo and most recently on the Syria regional response team. My current responsibilities include co-chairing our global network of policy specialists on gender in emergencies, with a colleague in Pakistan, and leading CARE’s advocacy in the UK on the Syrian conflict.

Over the years, I have also worked on innovative research and advocacy with country teams on conflict analysis, civil-military relations and humanitarian access. What has kept me with CARE is the organisation’s support to grassroots activists and its commitment to addressing gender in a serious way.

Prior to joining CARE, previous roles included research on human security and development at the Centre for Defence Studies; the facilitation of a network monitoring human rights implications of the ‘Global War on Terror’; support to European coordination of the Make Poverty History campaign; global coalition-building with the Our World Is Not For Sale coalition; research on trade policy; and support to a network of environmental and human rights CSOs in the Balkans.

One good thing I’ve read

Drown by Junot Diaz - short stories that offer a brilliant fictional lens on gender, class and migrant experiences in the USA.


Twitter @HowardMollett

Blog posts

Beyond 2015 for Women, Peace and Security

Monday, 27 April 2015 17:06
This year, world leaders are set to renegotiate global commitments on poverty, climate change and development financing. At the same time, the United Nations has commissioned major reviews of UN efforts on humanitarian coordination, peacebuilding

Getting the voices of women from disaster-affected communities into the UN World Humanitarian Summit

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 11:54
Every year, hundreds of women’s rights activists come to New York to lobby governments in the United Nations on gender equality during the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, CARE International has partnered with UN Women

A call to action on gender and humanitarian reform: What happened at the high-level review at the UN General Assembly of the Call to Action?

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:14
Yesterday (22 September 2014) at the UN General Assembly in New York, John Kerry, US Secretary of State, convened a ministerial meeting to review progress on the Call to Action on Violence Against Women and Girls in Emergencies. What were the

What happens next? – An initial assessment of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence

Friday, 13 June 2014 11:58
Four days; over 120 states represented at senior levels from ministries of foreign affairs, defence, gender, education, justice and health; over 1,000 civil society activists; unscheduled demos from neglected conflicts and the movement against

Red herring or ripe for attention? – Putting men and boys on the agenda at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 16:31
CARE International is calling for increased attention to engaging men and boys on gender-based violence at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. This is not an uncontroversial stance. Some say it risks distracting from, or worse

Women must have a voice in the post-2015 MDGs

Monday, 17 March 2014 09:42
As diplomats from around the world converge in New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW), CARE is bringing a delegation of women activists to the talks from Asia, Africa and Latin America to encourage states to give

A review of Kuwait II, or the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 14:51
As Conflict Policy Advisor for CARE International UK, I'm currently in Amman, Jordan, responding to the crisis in Syria. Now, as Kuwait II or the Second International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria comes to a close I'm taking the

Syria conflict: the consequences of inadequate funding

Monday, 16 December 2013 17:10
Today, the United Nations and aid agencies like CARE launched a new regional response plan and funding appeal for the Syrian crisis. The needs are vast. Over one third of the population in Syria has been forced to leave their homes. One in three

CARE report reveals pitiful spending on gender in emergencies globally

Thursday, 14 November 2013 11:36
According to the latest UN statistics, of the total population affected by Typhoon Haiyan, an estimated 47,600 women are at risk of sexual violence. In the evacuation centres, an estimated 2,250 women are also at risk. We know that disasters impact

Over 110 states agree to tackle sexual violence in conflict – perhaps international solidarity isn’t dead after all?

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:55
As world leaders gathered yesterday in New York for the high-powered UN General Assembly, the governments of Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, the United
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