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The Gender Equality Women's Voice (GEWV) indicators were developed with the aim of allowing CARE to capture, measure, and track the changes occurring as a result of the dedicated gender approach across development and humanitarian programming. The resulting data should enable CARE to systematically build a picture of the changes in agency, structures, and relations taking place in the communities in which we work.

The aim of doing so is to:

  • Understand the results of taking a gender approach within the complex process of gendered change;
  • Test our assumptions and theory of change, and measure progress against our gender aims;
  • Capture and tell the story of gender transformation;
  • Learn how to better improve our work to address inequalities.

For our humanitarian work in particular, this is quite experimental; the concentration for the humanitarian pilot is on developing a set of indicators, along with the guidance and proposed measures, that can be used to look at the outcomes of our Gender in Emergencies (GiE) work. This will then feed into the broader GEWV impact indicators.

The indicators

The draft GEWV indicators being piloted for use across both humanitarian and development work are listed below. These indicators have been developed with the aim of being applicable across the extremely broad scope of CARE’s programming, and as such, careful consideration has gone into the simplicity of their design.

  1. Average total # and proportion of weekly hours spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location (for individuals five years and above)
  1. % of individuals reporting high self-efficacy (SADD)
  1. # of countries with laws and regulations that guarantee women aged 15-49 years access to sexual and reproductive health care, information and education
  1. % of individuals who report confidence in their negotiation and communication skills (SADD)
  1. % of respondents who report gender equitable attitudes (GEM Scale)
  1. % of individuals reporting they can reach out to a community member in times of need; SADD
  1. % of individuals reporting that they could collaborate with others in the community to achieve a common goal; SAAD
  1. # of examples in the media representing relevant norms
  1. Proportion of women aged 20-24 years who were married or in a union before age 15 and before age 18
  1. % of individuals reporting that they resort to negative coping strategies to survive (SADD)
  1. % of individuals reporting they feel safe (SADD)

Indicators 3, 8, and 9 were decided not to be tested in CARE's humanitarian work. Indicators 10 and 11 are not yet included in the GEWV supplementary indicator list, and are new indicators that have come out of the pilot process as potentially useful to measure, particularly in CARE's humanitarian work.


The Gender Justice and GiE teams had the aim of making the indicators as practical and effective as possible. In order to do that, a piloting process was designed in order to directly gain feedback on the proposed the indicators and the methodologies and measures (specifically measure items) proposed for collecting them. The piloting hoped to allow reflection on whether these measure items are appropriate, feasible, and applicable across multiple contexts; and whether the data resulting from them is useful and able to be used to scale across CARE’s programming.

RMU MENA and RMU Asia have both been involved in the first round of the indicator development and piloting; dedicating resources, time, and effort into supporting the project. During a deployment to RMU MENA, the draft measures were created and workshopped, with input received from across a majority of CARE MENA country offices. CARE Egypt was the first CARE office to test out the GEWV indicators and report back into the pilot. Huge thanks is owed to CARE Egypt for their effort, support and hard work to include indicators within their ongoing work, and reflect back on their application.

**The pilot 2.0**

Concerted effort was placed into the design of the indicators and draft measures, but getting insight and reflection on how they work in practice will help to make sure these measures are useful, applicable, and give us the data that we are looking for. The pilot process is being reconsidered - instead of dedicated deployment support to select offices to trial the indicators, the draft measures are being made accessible to all those who would like to participate. This has the aim of getting the broadest application and feedback on the measures as possible. Please take this as your invitation to participate!

A draft of the comprehensive guidance , as well as draft measures to be used to report against these indicators have been developed, and can be seen here:


These measures are still in draft form, but we encourage teams to choose those that are relevant to their programming, integrate them into their monitoring and assessments, and report back on how useful the data was, how easy it was to use the measures, what changes were required etc.

For more information, to report back on how you have measured against these indicators, or to request support on how to do so, please contact:

Holly Robinson ( and Sarah Eckhoff (

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