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Explanatory Note on CARE’s Gender Focus

The purpose of this paper is to clarify key concepts and strategies to ensure that CARE has common and coherent understanding, practice and communication of gender equality across and within members and country offices. It provides the words and the positions that all CARE staff should use when representing our development and humanitarian work internally and externally.

CARE & Commission on the Status of Women 2013

Policy Paper issued in advance of the CSW

CARE International Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Framework

The final deadline for the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) is 2015. While there have been significant improvements in some areas, there has been limited or no progress in others.

CARE International has issued a list of recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Framework:

Nepal and Uganda on women’s participation in peacebuilding and post-conflict governance“, CARE International, 2010

CARE Knowledge Sharing

CARE’s Wiki on Gender

CARE has created a Wiki on Gender in order to promote knowledge sharing and learning around gender in CARE. It is intended to be shared among people who want to connect with others, and find or share key resources with regard to women’s empowerment and more just gender relations. Follow the link and join us!

CARE Gender Toolkit

The CARE Gender Toolkit is an interactive resources library to support gender analysis. The toolkit comprises an array of resources, methods, tips, contacts and guidance on gender analysis from CARE’s Women’s Empowerment framework and Strategic Impact Inquiry, other inquiries across CARE and external resources on gender and development. The site can be used at any time in the program cycle around organizational reviews, GED traning/strategy, situational analysis, M&E, impact measurement, strategic planning and programmatic design as well as for advocacy purposes.

General Downloads

CARE International Gender Policy

CARE commits itself to ensure that gender equality is fully incorporated in all its programmatic and organizational practices. As a means to make the collective programming efforts more effective, CARE International has developed a policy that defines specific commitments as well as mechanisms and minimum common standards for all CARE members and Country Offices.

CARE Österreich’s Conceptual Approach to Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

Guided by key international treaties and guidelines, and based on CARE International’s Gender Policy, CARE Österreich has developed a strategy to meet the requirements of gender mainstreaming in all its work. The following conceptual approach briefly outlines CARE Österreich’s priorities and activities as related to Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment.

Gender Analysis Guiding Notes

CARE incorporates gender and power analysis as an operational and design feature in all its programmatic work. To assure a high program quality, CARE Österreich has elaborated a set of gender analysis guidelines to facilitate the work of all program staff.

CARE International Strategy for strenghtening a Gender Approach in Emergencies

Gender is identified as a priority issue within emergency response operations. The strategy outlines specific actions to implement and mainstream this priority within CARE’s emergency capacity building efforts.

Sex and Age Matters – Improving Humanitarian Response in Emergencies (A study by the Feinstein International Center, 2011)

Humanitarian aid is largely guided by anecdotes rather than evidence. Currently, the humanitarian system shows significant weaknesses in data collection, analysis and response in all stages of a crisis or emergency. As a result, the present humanitarian system is much less evidence-driven than it should be and than it would like to be.

This report shows that proper collection, analysis and use of sex and age disaggregated data, or SADD, allows operational agencies to deliver assistance more effectively and efficiently in a crisis. The net result is more lives saved, more livelihoods preserved, and basic human rights reinforced in situations where rights are often brushed aside. The study was funded by OCHA and CARE International.

Gender and rights based tools from CARE International

Entry Points for Empowerment

An analytical toolbox to help put into practice right-based approaches that empower people to claim and exercise their rights as well as new programmes to address discrimination, exploitation and violence against women.

CARE International Strategic Impact Inquiry on Women’s Empowerment

This report summarizes findings from Phase 2 of CARE International’s Strategic Impact Inquiry on Women’s Empowerment. For the second year in a row, CARE has invested our own resources and reputation to dig deeply a question that many in the development business find difficult to answer: What impact, if any, is our work having on women’s empowerment?

Empowering Women? CARE’s Experience in East and Central Africa

The following report is the result of a research undertaken in early 2006 in six countries of East and Central Africa. It reveals challenges as well as core issues that need to be taken into consideration in order to improve program quality and achieve long term and positive impact on people’s lives.

Gender in Conflict & Post Conflict Settings

„Claiming Rights, Promoting Peace: Empowerment of Women in Conflict affected Areas“

Since 2006 CARE Österreich (CÖ) is running this cross-country program, financed through the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) in Burundi, Uganda and Nepal in order to strenghten the implementation of the UN SCR 1325. The program envisaged Learning Conferences in order to reflect the ongoing program process as well as achieved results and lessons learned in the respective projects in the three countries. According to the commitment to document results, synthesis findings and to pursue an intensive learning agenda, CARE Österreich prepared the following reports of the Learning Conferences in Nepal 2008 and Burundi 2009.

Peace Building and Post-Conflict Recovery are Women’s Business

Together with Isis WICCE, CARE implemented a workshop on Peace Building and Post-Conflict Recovery for Women Leaders and Activists on the Peace, Recovery and Development Plan for Northern Uganda (PRDP) and other Peace Building and Post Conflict Recovery Initiatives in Uganda. As a means of linking grass-roots women’s voices to national level policies, the workshop was attended by members of national as well as local CSO’s and individual women’s rights advocates. The following report provides an insight in the most important outcomes and findings of the workshop.

Checkpoints and Barriers:

Searching for Livelihoods in the Westbank and Gaza

Gender Dimensions of Economic Collapse

This report assesses the impact of the movement and access regime in the period 2000–07 on the economy and the working lives of Palestinians, exploring the gender dimension of restrictions on labor force participation, and how new tensions in the arena of work resulting from movement and access restrictions have affected relations between women and men.

UN Security Council Resolutions

Due to the firm belief that the integration of women and their specific needs in peace and security processes has an exponential impact on the wellbeing of a whole community and its ability to recover after war, CARE puts a strong focus on the implementation of the UNSCR’s 1325 and 1820.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – Women, Peace and Security

On October 31, 2000, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted PDF Resolution 1325, pdf on Women, Peace and Security. It specifically adresses the disproportional impact of war on women and girls and stresses the importance of equal participation of women as active agents in peace and security processes.

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 – Case Study Nepal – Women’s Meaningful Participation in Peacebuilding and Governance

This study reflects on the operational experience of CARE International, and the perspectives of our local partners in civil society and the communities CARE International work with in Nepal.

UN Security Council Resolution 1820 – Sexual Violence against Civilians in Conflict

Built on SCR 1325, the UN Security Counsil unanimously adopted PDF Resolution 1820, pdf on Sexual Violence against Civilians in Conflict on June 19, 2008. It emphasizes the tremendous impact of sexual violence, particularly on women and girls in conflict situations, and demands its immediate halt through appropriate measures.

Civil Society Recommendations on the Implementation of UN SCR 1325 in Europe

The following list of recommendations was drafted during the civil society conference in September 2009 and focuses on National Action Plans as well as EU Institutions.