By applying a psychosocial approach CARE Österreich wants to ensure that humanitarian and development actions embody a holistic understanding of wellbeing of individuals and communities so that programme’s appropriateness, impact and sustainability will increase. Psychologically safe persons are more likely to be able to connect to other people, develop joint solutions to problems and work for the common good and sustainable development.
Women and girls, due to centuries of discrimination, are more likely to suffer from reduced psychosocial wellbeing, which increases their vulnerability to poverty. Many girls and women are hindered by gender stereotypes that prescribe that women have to submit themselves to men and by reduced self esteem and confidence to participate in development programmes or engage in social change and politics.
Additionally gender based violence mainly affects women and girls. Gender based violence, especially sexual violence, erodes women’s and girls‘ self esteem and is most destructive for women’s and girls‘ health and wellbeing. Psychosocial interventions that strengthen women’s and girls‘ resilience and prevent and address GBV are a fundamental part of CARE Österreich’s women’s empowerment programming.