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Why gender equality? Gender inequality is globally the most common form of inequality and remains a major obstacle to the eradication of poverty. We specifically focus on gender equality as a means to significantly reduce inequalities and empower people living in extreme poverty to improve their lives.
Across the world, so many women and girls still do not have access to or control over resources and services. They live in fear of gender-based violence (GBV), are denied education and have no say over decisions in their homes. Gender equality forms a major pillar of Concern’s Strategic Plan (2021-2025) and is a key area of focus for all programmes in livelihoods, health and education.
And we are seeing an impact.
"We started to realise that a lot of roles in the home can be done by anybody. By sharing these we can see the changes in the welfare of the family and how women are treated."
A closer look at our approach to gender equality
Here are just some of the ways our gender equality programming is helping to change the lives of women, men and children around the world.
Gender sensitive to gender transformative
Our ultimate aim is to move from 'gender-sensitive' to 'gender-transformative' on all programmes. This means working with communities to develop programmes that transform the root causes of gender inequality at many layers of society – from the individual to the institutional and national. Concern has partnered with Sonke Gender Justice to provide technical support and capacity building to our staff on approaches to gender transformation.
Conflict and gender equality
Engaging with men doesn’t mean that women lose out. Based on Concern’s positive results using the approach in Tanzania, Liberia and Sierra Leone, we believe that engaging men is an essential element of women’s empowerment so that benefits are brought to children, women and men themselves.
He would say you're a woman, you can't say anything. When we are like this we can't make money. Before we had lots of conflict in the household, and lots of problems. Concern taught us in the training how to manage money together and husbands changed after this. Now we plan together and he doesn’t use the money alone.
Knowledge Hub resources on the theme of gender equality
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