This Gender Policy defines CARE’s explicit commitments to support gender equality and the principles expressed in international agreements.The accompanying implementation guideline sets out mechanisms and minimum common standards for all CARE members and Country Offices. This policy statement therefore strives to make our collective programming efforts more effective, builds on commitments made in the existing Policy Statements and reflects subsequent developments in gender equality policies of development organizations working to end poverty and social injustice. It thereby, sets the stage for increased accountability.
For CARE's 2018 Gender Equality Policy Commitments, please visit here
Through this policy CARE seeks to promote equal realization of dignity and human rights for girls, women, boys and men, and the elimination of poverty and injustice. Specifically, this policy is intended to improve the explicit incorporation of gender in programmatic and organizational practices.
CARE International commits to:
The policy is accompanied by proposed implementation arrangements, common standards and supporting definitions. More operational guidance and enforcement will be developed by CI members supported by the CI Gender Network as required to support the policy implementation. To ensure the policy is effectively applied and achieves expected results, each CARE member can further tailor implementation to their own organisational arrangements.
CI will work collaboratively to undertake a review of this common gender policy. This will take place after four years. The CI member representatives in the CI Gender Network will report annually their progress in regard to their respective implementation plans. An annual summary report will be submitted by the CI Gender Network to the CI Board via the CI Secretary General.
CI will implement, monitor and evaluate this policy. Each CARE member is encouraged to devise a context-specific and realistic implementation plan / process, with appropriate investment of resources, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
Common Standards in Support of Gender EqualityCARE members are required to meet these standards in order to end poverty and support the dignity of all people.CARE members will ensure that the following standards are applied, monitored, adhered to and reported on:1. Key organizational policy, planning and programmes will:
2. Human Resources policies and practices will adequately address gender equality. CARE members will track and report annually on gender balance in staffing and governance structures and implement specific strategies to balance male/female representation.
3. CARE executive and senior management staff report regularly to beneficiaries, donors and the public on progress on gender equality in CARE’s work through appropriate reporting channels.
4. Each CARE member (office) must assess and enhance accordingly the organizational capacity for the implementation of the policy.
2015 summary of progress toward Gender Policy Commitments - 2015_gender_policy_report.pdf
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