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CARE Bangladesh is committed to gender equality both in terms of organizational policy and programming principle. With the support of senior management, CARE Bangladesh has made considerable progress in promoting gender equality at the organizational level, including the gender policy, gender analysis framework, and the establishment of strict “Zero Tolerance” policy with regard to sexual harassment. Recently, implementation of the PSEA Policy for the project participants was initiated. Many of the gender activities involve men and boys with women and girls to end violence against women, reducing stereotypical behavior and recognizing that men’s voices are equally important. One of CARE Bangladesh’s four impact statements is “The most socially, economically and politically marginalized women” that represent the shift to program approach. The progress achieved with this impact group is thanks to the rich experience on gender equality over the last two decades. All though a lot is yet to be achieved, CARE Bangladesh aims to use the learning to further inform and achieve much more. The following documents clearly outline what needs to be done in order for CARE Bangladesh to achieve the objectives to become a “gender sensitive organization” implementing “gender responsive programs”.

CARE Bangladesh's work on Gender

Summaries on programming frameworks

Materials Abstract

Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harrassment

Zero Tolerance Policy on Sexual Harassment In order to establish/promote a sexual harassment free working environment. CARE Bangladesh prohibits all forms of sexual harassment conducted/committed by or against supervisors, managers, staff at any level, irrespective of their position including partners, vendors, project participants, etc. whether engaged in full time or on temporary or other basis. No form of sexual harassment or creation of hostile work environment will be tolerated, because such acts are a violation of human rights and against the core values of CARE Bangladesh.

Discussion Paper Diversity and Equity English
Diversity Equity - Discussion paperDiversity means the state of being varied. Applied to the human context, the word refers to variation among humans in terms of age, gender, language, culture, class, caste, ethnicity, religion, ability, sexual orientation, opinion, place of origin and nationality. Thus diversity does not refer to any single dimension of human variation, but to all the ways in which human beings vary from one another at individual as well as collective levels. The constitution of Bangladesh guarantees fundamental equality of all citizen regardless of gender, race, caste, etc. “Embracing Diversity at CARE” means valuing, respecting and fully befitting from each individual unique qualities and abilities in order to fulfill and strengthen our vision and mission.
gender.care2share.wikispaces.netfileviewged_sj_01_0203090001.pdf GED Sensitive Behavior.pdf
Gender Equity and Diversity Sensitive Behavior
CARE Bangladesh specified a few GED sensitive behaviors for the staff so that they can practice GED in their daily activities.

Gender Analysis Framework
Gender Analysis Framework Of CARE BCARE Bangladesh introduces the first Gender Analysis Framework (GAF) in 2001 to increase staff effectiveness in gender analysis at each stage of project/program process. The main objective is to enable CARE staff and partners to develop and implement programs that work towards equal benefit, empowerment, status and rights to women and men in targeted communities. GAF was revised in 2005.

Gender Policy 2000
CARE B Gender policyDeveloping a gender policy in 1999/2000 was a big step towards integrating gender in all works of CARE Bangladesh. The objectives of this policy are: (a) To guide and direct the planning, resource allocation and implementation of CARE Bangladesh's development programs and projects in a gender responsive manner, and to provide direction to staffs at all levels, and (b) To ensure a gender sensitive work environment for all staff. The Gender Policy is in line with the Vision Statements of both CARE International and CARE Bangladesh. The policy complements CARE's service rules and regulations and all sectoral policies and programs and defines institutional arrangements and key target areas required to ensure that gender concerns are routinely addressed in all planning activities as well as in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of program/project activities.

Gender Policy Indicators-03
Gender Policy Monitoring IndicatorsTo ensure proper implementation of the Gender Policy, 21 indicators were developed This is a tool in support of the efforts to make CARE Bangladesh a more gender sensitive and gender equitable organization such as improved recruitment and retention of women (% of women staff increasing from 32% to 40% over 5 years), percent women in senior management positions (Grade 8 and above) increases from 15% to 25% over five years and others, and at the program level, Implementation of all projects complies with the following gender indicators of GAF:-Control over resources,-Mobility-Participation in decision making,-Knowledge & awareness-Life management skill-Linkage with external organization. Every year, CARE B evaluates progress using these indicators.
< gender_policy_operationalization_guideline_gpog.pdf Gender Policy Operationalization GuidelineGPOG CARE Bangladesh developed the Gender Policy Operationalization Guideline (GPOG) to help all staff understand the policy, especially in regard to their particular areas of responsibility. To operationalize is to translate the policy into concrete, behavioral or attitudinal terms. The GPOG tries to give a clear picture of what staff would be doing in their daily work and how they would be interacting with others. The guideline exists in two parts. Part 1 deals with the organization as a whole and Part 2 deals with Programming.
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A Good Practice to Gender Mainstreaming CARE
This good practice guide on gender mainstreaming was developed on the basis of CARE Bangladesh's recent experiences in promoting gender equality. The organization has used a two-pronged approach to addressing gender issues as, both the organizational and the programmatic level. In doing so, it has identified and attempted to address some of the key challenges that hinder effective gender mainstreaming. These include issues related to lack of capacity, building awareness, changing organizational culture, developing gender-sensitive programming and so on.” Excerpt from CARE Bangladesh: From Policy to Practice

SII Bangladesh VAW Final Report

CARE International is carrying out an SII to understand better the contribution of its programmes to women’s empowerment and gender equity. Various country offices, including Bangladesh, are contributing to this global initiative which is coordinated by CARE’s Impact Measurement and Learning Team in Atlanta. This report presents the findings of an SII carried out on a project to address gender-based violence in north-west Bangladesh.

Gender Mainstreaming Work

This good practice guide on gender mainstreaming was developed on the basis of CARE Bangladesh's recent experiences in promoting gender equality. The organization has used a two-pronged approach to addressing gender issues as, both the organizational and the programmatic level. In doing so, it has identified and attempted to address some of the key challenges that hinder effective gender mainstreaming. These include issues related to lack of capacity, building awareness, changing organizational culture, developing gender-sensitive programming and so on.” Excerpt from CARE Bangladesh: From Policy to Practice

A Good Practice to Gender mainstreaming CARE B.PDF




Programming frameworks for:

  • Most Marginalized Groups in Urban Areas


  • Extremely Poor People in Rural Areas


  • People & Communities Most Vulnerable to Environmental & Climate Change


  • Socially, Economically and Politically Marginalized Women


Prevention and Response to Sexual Exploitationand Abuse (PSEA)

“Every individual has the right to live in an environment free from intimidation, harrasment and exploitation. shouhardo.jpg_width257_height183_alignrightCARE Bangladesh prohibits any form of sexual harrassment, exploitation or abuse by any staff or partner in any program/project. Hence, CARE B staff members and partners are obliged to create and maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse and promotes the implementation of this code of conduct. In case any staff of CARE B including partners and anyone involved with project implementation behaves in a manner that violates this Code will result to an appropriate disciplinary action” Excerpt from Code of Conduct, Accountability, Prevention and Response to Sexual Harrassment, Exploitation and Abuse of Program Participants/Community.


Violence Against Women

COVAW“Cost of violence against women (COVAW) is a new innovative initiative of CARE Bangladesh funded by USAiD to address gender inequality and empowerment of women, one of the key development goals of Bangladesh government through gender-transformative behavior change interventions seeking impact on national plans, policies and budgets” (Excerpt from brochure)


Case study: Scaling Up Impact in a Program Approach: Model Development and the Use of Social Movements (March 2011)

This paper takes the experience of the ARSHI project to (1) examine how CARE develops models, and (2) how advocacy and campaign strategies can be used to contribute to social movements, both of which help scale up impact from a single operational area to the national level. ARSHI is known for its innovations in engaging men and boys.

Below is a summary of the components of ARSHI's social change model:

Step 1: Premises of the model

The premises largely reveal the entry point chosen by an initiative or project to address a particular issue that corresponds to a domain of change in the program theory of change. These premises should align with at least one of the pathways of change for the program.

Step 2: Core principles

A common denominator of principles for models that promote social change might also include:

  • Non-hierarchical team
  • 360° accountability
  • Continuous reflection and analysis

Step 3: Cross-cutting approaches

Be specific about which approaches are critical to the success of the model. Generically, any model would have these as a common denominator:

  • A mechanism for self-critical reflection within the staff / team.
  • Being clear about who the target groups are that must be involved to achieve the impacts on the impact group. Almost always this means engaging the whole community.
  • A deliberate process for testing and observing the effectiveness of the approaches and becoming more aware of their level of importance

Step 4: “Core” or interrelated set of practices

Elaborate the “core” or inter-related set of practices

  • Begin with an explanation of the context (political, social, economic, cultural) and the characteristics of the place and population where the model has been tested.
  • Explain the components and the logic between the components or practices. If there is a specific sequencing of steps, this should also be made clear.
  • Define clearly the steps, tools and methods and include precision about the actors who need to be involved.
  • Be clear about the hypotheses being tested, or if it is inductive research, identify how the lessons can be further tested.
  • Provide the evidence base to explain the effectiveness of the approach.

Step 5: Conditions for scaling up

CARE’s criteria for a model go beyond principles, approaches, and an inter-related set of practices, as follows:

  • has ownership broader than CARE
  • refers to a body of verifiable, credible evidence that can articulate the scale (breadth and depth) of the change amongst the impact group
  • involves building evidence, policy influencing, and broader leveraging
  • offers a clear and unique advantage over other approaches, with demonstrated cost effectiveness and added value that is recognized by others


Dear Colleagues,

Today, on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, I pay tribute to all CARE staff around the world who are taking courageous steps in their personal and professional lives to go beyond the prescribed gender roles to unlock their own potential and to show others what is possible. Please spare a few minutes to read the attached article on the amazing women drivers in CARE Bangladesh and join me in wishing all women a very meaningful and special Women’s Day!

Best wishes,


Women in the Drivers Seat - CARE Bangladesh Shows the Way- 8 March 2009

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