Priority Areas of the Gender Primer

This resource is organized around five priority areas in international aid and their interactions with gender, power and justice.

Gender-Based Violence

In CARE's experience, GBV has been used to control and stop people from entering the work force or making choices about their lives (including decisions related to sexual and reproductive health, their food and nutrition, etc.). GBV is a driver and a consequence of social and political exclusion, conflict, gender inequality and poverty.

Economic Justice

The barriers that keep women from fulfilling their economic potential are complex and numerous. In many parts of the world, women have restricted mobility in the public sphere, and laws, attitudes, and social norms discriminate against women's participation in the economy.

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Gendered socialization, taboos and prevention of education and information around sexuality and health expose people to riskier behaviors related to SRHR. This alongside unequal power relationships lead toward exposure to health risks, constraints on accessing healthcare, and unintended pregnancies.

Gender in Emergencies

CARE's humanitarian mandate is to meet immediate needs of women, men, girls and boys affected by natural disasters and humanitarian conflicts in a way that also addresses the underlying causes of people's vulnerability, especially as a result and cause of gender inequality.

Food, Water, and Climate Change Resilience

Women are more vulnerable both to chronic food and nutrition insecurity and to food insecurity caused by shocks (i.e. illness, natural disasters or the fluctuation of global food markets) for multiple reasons. The gender and generational influence on food security is heightened in situations of crisis.