Transforming leadership, challenging injustice: CARE’s approach to achieving women’s equal voice and leadership in public life and decision-making

Women’s marginalisation in public life and under-representation in decision-making and leadership perpetuates gender injustice. Supporting women to have a say in decisions that affect their lives is a strategy for achieving equitable and sustainable change in all of CARE’s work, including women’s economic justice, the right to health, food, water and nutrition, climate justice, and humanitarian action. This position paper provides guidance and resources for CARE leadership and staff to enable us to respond to women's aspirations for equal voice and social transformation.

This position paper includes:

  • Why CARE supports women’s voice and leadership in public life (Section 2)
  • CARE’s vision for women’s equal voice and transformative leadership (Section 2)
  • Different pathways to women's voice and influence in public life (Section 3)
  • Global evidence on the barriers to women’s voice and leadership (Section 3)
  • 10 principles to guide CARE’s work on women’s voice and leadership (Section 4)
  • A high-level theory of change, three programmatic approaches and one organisational approach to strengthen women’s voice and leadership (Section 4).
  • Countries: Global
  • Published: November 2020

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