Join our #SheLeadsInCrisis campaign to put women at the heart of responding to the climate crisis, conflict, and recovering from COVID-19
This year, CARE is asking the UK to be a global champion for diverse women’s voice and leadership in crisis at the G7, at COP26 and demonstrated through UK aid.
Women and girls’ priorities must be central to crisis response, and the best way to make this happen is to have them lead efforts to prevent and respond. When women and girls lead, entire communities benefit, and more effective and sustainable solutions prevail.
Conflict, climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic are impacting millions of people around the world, worsening inequality and putting lives and livelihoods at risk. Women and girls, especially those discriminated against due to race, age, disability, and other inequalities, are hardest hit during crisis.
Without women’s equal leadership and participation, crisis responses are less effective at meeting the needs of women and girls, and this will have short and long term consequences for entire communities. However, there is a long way to go to see women’s leadership in crisis become a reality.
Our #SheLeadsInCrisis campaign is calling on the UK government to #StopTellingHalfTheStory by being a a global champion for diverse women’s voice and leadership in crisis. Join us!
Around the world, women and girls are hardest hit by the impacts of crisis.
During crises, existing inequalities are only made worse, gender-based violence (GBV) increases and women are the first to lose their livelihoods. Crises also prevent access to life-saving sexual and maternal health services, and women’s already unequal care-giving responsibilities increase.
The most disadvantaged women and girls are already bearing the brunt of the climate emergency and worsening droughts, floods, fires, and storms.
In the last year, COVID-19 has put decades of progress on gender justice at risk as women have been the first to lose their jobs, taken on increased unpaid care and domestic work and seen rising levels of domestic violence.
Women and girls must be part of the solutions.
When women and girls lead in crises, entire communities benefit, and more effective and sustainable solutions are found. But currently they do not have an equal seat at the table.
Currently less than 30% of climate negotiators are women, and while women make up 70% of the global health workforce, playing a crucial role in the COVID-19 response, they are not equally at the decision-making table for pandemic responses, making up on average just 24% of national COVID-19 taskforce members.
Funding to women’s rights and women-led organisations in fragile and conflict-affected areas remains at a paltry 0.2% of total bilateral aid.
When women’s leadership and voice continue to be left out, we get half the story and only a fraction of the impact. Funding and influence must flow into women-led crisis response, for effective, long-lasting, intergenerational impact.
Women in communities most affected or those discriminated against due to race, disability or other inequalities have even less of a say.
At this crucial time for action to recover better from COVID-19 and avoid an irreversible climate disaster, we are calling on the UK government to make sure #SheLeadsInCrisis through:
1. Maintaining the 0.7% commitment to UK aid, and increasing support for women’s leadership and rights, including women’s rights organisations responding to crises
2. Ensuring diverse women’s leadership and priorities shape the G7 agenda on recovery from COVID-19
3. Making gender justice and women’s leadership central to the COP26 agenda
In March 2021, thousands of you joined us for #March4Women to say it's time to #StopTellingHalfTheStory. Now, the UK has an important role to play as hosts of both the G7 and global climate change summit COP26.
When #SheLeadsInCrisis a more equal world is possible.
Find out more:
- Stop Telling Half The Story (policy briefing – download PDF)
- Building forward: Creating a more equitable, gender-just, inclusive, and sustainable world (policy briefing – download PDF)
- Why Climate Justice is a Gender Justice issue (policy briefing – download PDF)
- Where are the women? The conspicuous absence of women in COVID-19 response teams and plans, and why we need them (policy briefing – more information on CARE Insights website)
- Four steps that UK must take to put women’s leadership and gender justice at the heart of their COP26 Presidency (blog on CARE Insights website)
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