Advocacy – which aims to positively influence decisions within the political, economical, institutional as well as the social level – is well integrated in CARE International´s 2020 Program Strategy. The strategy is based on CARE’s wealth of experience gathered from 70 years of poverty-fighting work, our analysis of the strategies that drive positive social change, and our full commitment to addressing the most important factors inhibiting the fulfillment of rights – especially those of women and girls. CARE’s Program Strategy clearly states that at its root, poverty is caused by unequal power relations that result in the inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities between women and men, between power-holders and marginalized communities, and between countries. CARE believes that poverty cannot be overcome without addressing those underlying power imbalances. Advocacy plays a key role in addressing this injustice.
Three main pillars of CARE Österreich’s advocacy strategy:
- Women, Peace and Security
The participation of women in formal peacebuilding processes remains low and rates of sexualised and gender-based violence before, during and after conflict are still high. CARE Österreich’s advocacy aims to contribute to the goal that national and international frameworks on Women, Peace and Security support women affected by conflict to exercise their rights.
- Humanitarian – Gender in Emergencies
CARE Österreich’s advocacy strategy contributes to the CARE International humanitarian advocacy goal “(…) that affected people, in particular women and girls, are supported to realize their rights in disaster and conflict.”
- Decent Work
Women’s economic empowerment is fundamentally an issue of social and economic justice, both essential for equality between men and women and imperative for poverty reduction and survival of women and their families. CARE Österreich’s initiatives on decent work are built around projects with garment workers in Bangladesh and female construction workers in Cambodia.