Gender Equality

Gender Equality

CARE’s Gender Programme seeks to promote the values and practices of gender equality, diversity and non-violence by strengthening the capacities of local, national and regional human rights and social justice actors and by creating opportunities for innovation, participation, learning, cooperation and advocacy. Women and girls vulnerable to violence, discrimination and poverty will be empowered to reach better life opportunities and social justice by CARE’s engagement and contribution to strengthening sustainability of key regional, national and/or local civil society organizations and networks promoting gender equality and diversity, in the context of social inclusion and non-violence. The change that CARE is working towards is related to improved implementation of existing national legislation, policies and institutional support mechanisms related to gender-based violence and discrimination of women, changed attitudes and behaviours of relevant communities and government institutions towards gender equality and masculinity, strengthened sustainability of key regional, national and/or local civil society organizations and networks promoting gender equality and diversity, in the context of social inclusion and non-violence and enhanced life opportunities for economically and socially deprived women & girls. CARE’s focuses on three key programmatic themes:

For Active Inclusion and Rights of Roma Women (FAIR)

CARE seeks to enhance the advocacy position of Roma women’s organisations, strengthen capacities of the partner organisations to implement projects aimed at empowering Roma women in the Western Balkan region, establish an effective regional network that would be instrumental in exchanging the best practice models and policies and raising awareness on status of Roma women. CARE is supporting Roma women lead NGOs (working with 15+ Roma women organisations), networks and Roma women activists to engage in policy dialogue, defend their rights, advocate for changes at community, entity and national levels as well as to implement projects that either tackle the vulnerability of Roma women in specific communities, and/or address policy issues on local and national level.
FAIR project is supported by Austrian Development Agency

Women Economic Empowerment

CARE’s engagement in women’s economic empowerment aims to foster economic participation of marginalized and women vulnerable to all forms of violence by enabling them to exercise rights, compete on the labour market and start-up their own businesses. CARE seeks to empower women through building their skills and capacities and ensuring their economic participation while exercising all rights. CARE intention is to target women who had been deprived of the right to employment because of their social or ethnic background as well as women who had survived or are vulnerable to violence and thus would benefit from the assistance related to the economic empowerment. Alongside the assistance provided to individuals, CARE promotes social entrepreneurship and works in partnership with and builds capacity of the local civil society organizations (CSOs) and cooperatives that are led by women and work for women. This also includes advocacy efforts to create enabling environment for social entrepreneurship and women economic empowerment.
CARE’s Women Economic Empowerment efforts have been supported by: Austrian Development Agency, European Union, OAK Foundation

Engaging Men as Allies in Preventing Gender-based Violence and Promoting Healthy Life-styles

CARE works with young men in deconstructing the challenges they face, particularly around certain social and cultural norms around harmful practices of masculinity, by addressing gender norms both in terms of promoting gender equality as well as some behaviour risks young men face around health and violence. Young Men Initiative (YMI) project started in 2006 and it is being implemented in Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo* and Albania. The project builds on CARE´s comprehensive and programmatic effort to prevent interpersonal and gender-based violence as well as to promote gender equality in the region. YMI is targeting youth to build their knowledge
and attitudes concerning gender equality and healthy lifestyles and to decrease levels of all types of violence. YMI started with a small size qualitative research exploring young men`s attitudes and behaviors, then over the years grew into a comprehensive program with different components targeting young people, parents, teachers, educational workers, university students, journalists and other important stakeholders. YMI received in 2017 Global Education Europe Award for Innovation as the only initiative outside EU. Since the beginning, the YMI has directly worked with over 120,000 youth in over 230 high schools and over 1,600 high school teachers, while various educational programs and campaign activities reached 750,00 people throughout the Balkans. For more information please visit
The programme has been supported by: Austrian Development Agency, Swiss Government, OAK Foundation