Geneva, 8 March 2018— Today, International Women’s Day, CARE welcomes the support from a majority of governments to establish a global treaty to end violence and harassment at work as made public in a new International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) report [Read more].
In the New York Declaration, States made a powerful commitment to action on behalf of and in partnership with refugee women and girls, but it turns out that the path towards achieving a Global Compact on Refugees that comprehensively addresses the rights of women and girls is more difficult than expected [Read more].
Speakers and participants to this event will discuss the place of women and girls in the Global Refugee Compact as well as in EU migration policy. Evidence will be provided of the impact of, and international response to refugee situations on women and girls and focus particularly on minors and children from a feminist perspective. The aim is to come up with recommendations in advance of the UN High Commissioner’s High Level Dialogue on Protection Challenges and the European Council in December. It takes places during the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence [Read more].
On 25 October 2017, CARE International organised a roundtable entitled “Building Africa’s financial ecosystem for development”. This event offered practical insights on women’s economic empowerment, and in particular financial inclusion, based on CARE’s experience of facilitating 5.1 million members of village savings and loans groups across Africa [Read more].
While in this paper CARE reflects on challenges and opportunities that this new policy agenda puts forward and what we expect from ECHO in this context, we believe it is as crucial to cherish and maintain what works well [Read more].
In the last few years, migration has become a central part of the EU’s foreign and development policy. In November 2015 the EU and several African states agreed on the Valletta Action Plan, which looks at ways to cooperate in the field of migration. In June 2016 the EU announced its new partnership approach with third countries, a framework that uses positive and negative incentives across policy domains to encourage partner countries to better cooperate in the field of migration [Read more].
This week, European leaders meet in Brussels to discuss, amongst other things, progress on the EU-Turkey deal, the reform of the European asylum system, solidarity and responsibility sharing, and cooperation with countries of origin and transit. As humanitarian and human rights organisations working in Europe, we are gravely concerned that European policies are trying more and more to push people out of Europe, making it even harder to seek asylum, and leaving it to Member States of first entry, like Greece, to shoulder all the responsibility. Disregarding the realities on the ground and the human rights violations that the EU-Turkey Statement has led to, the European Commission proposes measures that will further exacerbate the situation [Read more].
At the upcoming European Council on 20-21 October, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the latest developments and progress on the EU comprehensive approach to migration. This discussion comes at a time when the EU is negotiating the 2017 budget and embarking on discussions on the Mid-Term Review of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF) and the next European Consensus on Development [Read more].
Multi-sectoral experts will meet in Brussels today to discuss the urgent issue of gender-based violence that is prevalent worldwide, and gets particularly worse in conflict and among displaced populations. For example, in camps and host communities, lack of security and inadequate protection leave women and girls vulnerable to rape and harassment. Women and girls are disproportionately more affected than men in times of crisis. However, in 2014, only 12 per cent of UN crisis response funding was allocated to programmes taking into account women and girls’ specific needs [Read more].
The European Consensus on Development is a landmark agreement between the European Commission, European Parliament and EU Member States, which sets out the common EU vision for development cooperation. CARE has often used the Consensus to hold the EU accountable, reminding them of the strong commitments taken in 2005 [Read more].
At the upcoming European Council, European Union (EU) leaders will discuss the European Commission’s Communication on a new Partnership Framework with third countries. The Communication proposes an approach which aims to leverage existing EU and Member States' external cooperation instruments and tools in order to stem migration to Europe. The undersigned organisations express their grave concern about the direction the EU is taking by making deterrence and return the main objective of the Union's relationship with third countries. More broadly, this new Partnership Framework risks cementing a shift towards a foreign policy that serves one single objective, to curb migration, at the expense of European credibility and leverage in defence of fundamental values and human rights [Read more].
The Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission's DirectorateGeneral for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) hosted the workshop Female Voices from the Frontline − Women’s Engagement in Closing the Gender Gap, to discuss possibilities to reduce the gap between gender policy and practice. Representatives of the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC), Member States, CARE international and Bihar Relief Organization were present to shed their light on how humanitarian aid can become more gender-sensitive and what tools can be used to achieve this objective. Several lessons were drawn and recommendations were formulated, notably in order to help inform participants' positions on gender policy in the run-up to the World Humanitarian Summit [Read more].