Overview of CARE and Review on Gender
Founded in 1945, CARE is one of the world’s largest non-political and non-confessional humanitarian networks. Focusing on the connections between the causes of extreme poverty, CARE develops complementary programs to defend human rights and promote social justice.
CARE’s Gender approach Societies cannot flourish sustainably when half of their population are unable to fully exercise their rights. Today, however, women are the most vulnerable to poverty and gender minorities face multiple discriminations.
CARE’s approach, which is based on the principle that equality between women and men and between sexes is a fundamental right, revolves around three major focal areas:
DEVELOP THE CAPACITY OF WOMEN TO TAKE ACTION CARE supports women to understand and affirm their rights, as well as developing their skills and their selfconfidence. CARE also facilitates access to resources.
PROMOTE FAIR AND JUST RELATIONSHIPS CARE supports women to contribute to decisions made within their families and communities and encourage the participation of men for more equality.
CHANGE SOCIAL NORMS AND LEGISLATIONS CARE involves the whole society – men, companies, institutions and states – in promoting equality. With the assistance of local authorities, CARE supports the adoption and implementation of laws that empower women and all kinds of people to freely exercise their rights.
The review work presented in this document centers on the focal areas in CARE’s gender approach, which are integrated into projects based on two of CARE’s major themes:
RESILIENCE AND RISK REDUCTION:
Farimbogna (Madagascar) and PRO-ACT (Cameroon)
HUMAN RIGHTS’ DEFENSE:
Women Mayan and Garifuna (Guatemala) and Women with Voice (Ecuador)
The aim of this review is to illustrate how CARE’s gender policy is implemented concretely through the identification and characterization of good practices and lessons learnt. The aim is to draw lessons from integrating the gender approach into projects in order to ensure continuous improvement of practices not only within the network, but also for other organizations and their partners.
In order to align with CARE’s gender strategy and the Gender marker, which is an analysis tool used by the entire CARE network, the review was done based on 5 areas of analysis, covering the 3 pillars presented above.