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CARE Bangladesh strategic plan is set to operationalize a program approach to address underlying causes of poverty and marginalization. A program involves initiating a coherent set of initiatives by CARE and our allies that involves a long term commitment to specific marginalized and vulnerable groups to achieve lasting impact at broad scale on underlying causes of poverty and social injustice.

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Major new UN report shows how world’s poorest people are already bearing brunt of global climate disruption – and paints bleak future for planet’s most vulnerable without urgent and drastic climate action.

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Above the Line: CARE Bangladesh's Graduation Experiences with the Extreme Poor

The 14th workshop of Extreme Poverty Research Group was held at the BRAC Centre on the 23rd of March. The theme of the workshop was “Graduating the Poorest: Concepts and Methodologies”. Anowarul Haq, Director – Extreme Rural Poverty Program, presented CARE Bangladesh’s concept on graduation using experiences of working in Northwest and Northeast of Bangladesh. The presentation entitled “Above the Line: CARE Bangladesh’s Graduation Experiences with the Extreme Poor” focused on understanding of extreme poverty as powerlessness based on recognition of the ways in which the extreme poor are trapped in a set of unequal power relations and are unable to overcome the barriers that prevent the fulfillment of their needs and rights to achieve secure and sustainable livelihoods. The presentation highlighted evidences of graduation out of extreme poverty using an interlocking approach of social, economic and political empowerment. Evidences were drawn from Social and Economic Transformation of the Ultra-Poor (SETU) and Food Security of the Ultra-Poor –Haor (FSUP-H) projects of CARE Bangladesh.

DrBinayakSen of BIDS, Dr. Joe Devine, Bath University, Prof. Nicholas Mascie-Taylor, Cambridge University, Prof. Margaret Alston, Monash University, Julie Newton and Muzaffar Ahmed, Save the Children and ArifurRahman, DFID presented ideas and challenges on graduation of extreme poverty.

DrBinayakSen in his presentation stressed in three dimensions of poverty to separately in relation to graduation: deprivation, marginality, vulnerability. Joe Devine warned on the graduation criteria, 'the risk is that we focus on too narrow a range of indicators and forget the contextual barriers that keep people in poverty'.

Chaired by Dr. HaseebIrfanullah from Practical Action, an EPRG Panel Member, a high level of participation from shiree Scale and Innovation Fund partners, development practitioners and donors, academic institutions and other experts working with the extreme poor including CLP, BRAC University, UNDP and WFP took place during the workshop.

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2014 National Lessons Learning Workshop on “Addressing Masculinities for Women Empowerment - Engaging Men and Boys"

Gender equality can only be sustained through broader changes in the social and institutional environment, which includes changing men’s attitude and institutional practices. In response to this, CARE designed the Engaging Men Initiative (EMI) with the aim to challenge conventional gender norms and promote more equitable relationships among men and women. The Engaging Men Initiative worked in the Haor region of northeast Bangladesh.

Through Engaging Men Initiative (EMI), CARE has developed different tools to engage men and boys to the process of women’s empowerment and facilitate the progress to achieve sustainability, such as-EVEM forum, Role model, Forum Theatre, Couple workshop, Youth Sports, Men’s Gathering and Capacity Building. These tools contributed in developing platforms and linkages at the community level where both men and women take part, discuss issues and work together to form solidarity and promote gender equality.

To further and strengthen the concept of engaging men and boys to women’s development and empowerment, a National Lessons Learning Workshop was organized jointly by CARE Bangladesh, Centre for Men and Masculinity Studies (CMMS) and the Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs (MoWCA), Government of Bangladesh on Sunday March 25, 2014 at Hotel Lakeshore, Dhaka. The national workshop was attended by Gonzalo Serrano, Second Secretary, Head of Section- Rural Development, European Union as the chief guest; Dr. Nazmunessa Mahtab, Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka as the special guest; and Md. Ashraf Hossain, Director General of the Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs, Government of Bangladesh as the chairperson.

The “Ordinary Men’s Enactment of Masculinities”, a study report developed by the Centre for Men and Masculinity Studies (CMSS) was presented and shared the findings of the study with participants in the workshop. Experiences were shared organizations undertaking similar kind of initiatives, such as: Plan International, Brave Men campaign, Bangladesh Government’s work on boys and girls, Cholonbeel Network on Grassroots Mobilization and Democracy Watch.

The programme was inaugurated by Alexandra Maclean, Assistant Country Director, CARE Bangladesh. Gonzalo Serrano, Second Secretary, Head of Section- Rural Development, European Union stated how significant it is to engage men and boys in the work of development and empowerment of women. Dr. Nazmunessa Mahtab, Professor, Department of Women and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka said to the workshop participants that empowerment has to come from within. The chairperson of the workshop Md. Ashraf Hossain, Director General of the Department of Women Affairs, Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs, Government of Bangladesh mentioned that we have to work together to attain equity first so that we can move forward to achieve equality. Anowarul Haq, Director- Extreme Rural Poverty Program, CARE Bangladesh moderated the national workshop.

For more information, please contact: Advocacy & Communications Unit, CARE Bangladesh, Telephone: 9112315; Email: ...

CARE International – Blog CARE delegation to the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Women must have a voice in the post-2015 MDGs

By Howard Mollett and Aisha Rahamatali
Aisha Rahamatali is CARE International’s Advocacy Officer, and is one of eight CARE delegates participating in the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in New York March 10-21. Howar ...

Women must have a voice in the post-2015 MDGs Empower women to monitor development progress, says CARE on the opening day of the Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York

New York, March 10, 2014 - As diplomats from around the world converge in New York for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW)[1], CARE International, a non-governmental organization working in over 80 countries with communities to address root causes of poverty and gender equality, calls on states to give women a voice in monitoring development efforts, and to put gender equality at the heart of how we define development progress.

This year’sCSW talks focus on the role ofwomenin theglobal ‘Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs), which are due for revision in 2015. Various proposals have been made by the UN Secretary General, UN Women and others on how gender should feature in the MDGs beyond 2015[2]. However, until now, discussions have been vague on howto monitor any of the future development goals. Discussions on monitoring and accountability havecentred largely on promoting transparency and access to information, and proposals for regional and global level monitoring processes. Thus far, the deliberations have been remarkably silent on howaccountability will happenat the local or national level.

In advance of the CSW conference, a ‘zero draft’ CSW outcome document has circulated amongst diplomats containing innovative proposals to address precisely this gap, calling for “women’s full and effective participation at all levels of decision-making” on the global development agenda[3]. CARE International is bringing a delegation of eight activists from Africa, Latin America and Asia to CSW. The CARE team brings a range of expertise spanning issues such as maternal health, child marriage, climate change, conflict and gender-based violence. However, we come with one priority message: the need to plug the accountability gap in the MDGs beyond 2015.

“We come to CSW with one message. Accountability is the missing piece. Women should have a voice in monitoring development efforts, and gender equality needs to be at the heart of how we define development progress. CSW should give women a voice in the post-2015 development framework. That’s the benchmark for success,” Said Aisha Rahamatali, CARE International’s Advocacy Officer and delegate to the conference.

Accountability is essential to enable progress on development. For example, in Peru, CARE partnered with a network of indigenous women to identify barriers to seeking life-saving maternal health care[4]. As a result of the program, the quality of their care and referral systems improved.In the areas involved, the number of women accessing services increased, jumping by 33 percent in one year, and maternal deaths fell by a remarkable 49 percent in just four years. These achievements led to the government adopting National Policy Guidelines for the Promotion of Citizen Health Monitoring in 2011 to roll-out mechanisms for citizen participation across the country.

“Maternal deaths decreased and indigenous women increased their access to service in Peru. How? It’s simple. The state and health services listened to what women told them. They gave women a voice in defining the obstacles and solutions for healthcare,” said Ariel Frisancho, Social Rights Programme Coordinator for CARE Peru.“UN CSW needs to commit to empowering women across global development efforts. Whether on health, food security, climate change or education, accountability at local and national level is the gap and it’s the game-changer.”


[1] UN CSW website: ...

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