CARE Österreich’s commitment to Social Change

We, as CARE Österreich (CÖ) have placed gender and women’s empowerment at the core of all our work. We explicitly promote gender equality as our overall objective and perceive tackling inequality as a means to end poverty. Discrimination should always be addressed through a gendered perspective, because gender is the most important factor to produce inequalities in all societies. Consequently, our strategy is to address gender, particularly the empowerment of women. Empowerment can be achieved through advocacy, supporting women’s groups and through cultural, social, economic and political change, including addressing the distribution of power to promote
gender equality.

Conceptual Approach to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
To ensure a gender sensitive programming with a focus on women’s empowerment at all levels, CÖ has developed the following conceptual approach. It is intended to illustrate the work that CARE Österreich is engaged in by outlining programming priorities, key components and rationale behind CÖ’s gender work. We hope that it will make clear how, through our programming support and technical advice, CÖ wishes to improve the lives of women by means of social change.

Gender Analysis Guidelines

CARE incorporates gender and power analysis as an operational and design feature in all its programmatic work. To assure a high program quality, CARE Österreich has elaborated a set of gender analysis guidelines to facilitate the work of all program staff.