Following the "Carpe Momento" conference in Uganda in 2006, gender-based violence (GBV) was identified as an issue of interest for CARE USA. Although many CARE country offices have been addressing GBV for many years, it was only recently identified as a cross-cutting issue. CARE USA"s leadership asked a small group of people to move the agenda forward after the 2006 conference in Uganda. CARE’s GBV Working Group was formed and now includes over 40 people. The working group is chaired by Reema Masoud, Amelia Siamomua, and Doris Bartel.
As a multisectoral organization with diverse cultural, geographic, political and economic climates, CARE relies on the innovation and grounded views of field teams to translate the concepts of promoting equal dignity and empowerment into appropriate local responses. Its decentralized structure results in a range of responses to gender-based violence that take advantage of the opportunities, and counteract the constraints, of our diverse contexts. The diverse and decentralized nature of CARE’s programs, however, means that there is no central knowledge base of the exact number of projects, nor description that accurately captures the diverse approaches to address GBV. There was, therefore, a need at CARE USA’s headquarters in Atlanta, to "map" the project names, contact details, donors and key barriers to quality programming. This consultancy was designed to help CARE USA perform a "mapping" exercise of CARE’s diverse projects globally.
As a first step, the working group initiated a mapping, or scan, of "promising practices" for GBV among CARE’s various programs and projects. A consultant, Beth Vann, was commissioned to conduct the mapping, in collaboration with the GBV working group.
This report is a summary of the information collected and an analysis of how this information might be used. The GBV Working Group is now developing more comprehensive plans for how to strengthen support for CARE’s GBV programs and to identify CARE’s niche in this challenging topic area.