CARE International welcomed the new ECHO gender-age marker and gender policy. While the substantial progress made since the introduction of the 2013 gender policy is acknowledged, CARE International is convinced that more should be done to foster gender mainstreaming. Humanitarian actors should fully acknowledge women’s and girls’ roles as service providers and agents of change, as well as the best spokespersons for their own needs.
It is important that ECHO fully embraces its role and takes ownership of the EU Gender Action Plan, by explicitly seeking to advance gender equality in emergencies by promoting and supporting gender-responsive and gender-transformative programming.
In this context, CARE International is pleased to present its reflections and recommendations.
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