In 2002, CARE International conducted a study that identified the central underlying cause of poverty in Pakistan as imbalance of power. This imbalance is manifested through systematic marginalization along gender, religious, class, caste and other socio-cultural lines throughout society. CARE opened its Pakistan office in June 2005 to address poverty at its roots. Globally, CARE recognizes that women and gins suffer disproportionately from poverty; therefore CARE International in Pakistan focuses on realizing gender equality. This focus on means that CARE lntemational in Pakistan (ClP) places special emphasis on working with women and girls for permanent social change. CIP's Long Range Strategic Plan puts governance and gender as the key to Empower and equip women. This approach is perhaps even more needed in Pakistan, where women are politically and socially excluded from decision making; have limited mobility; restricted access to basic services; lack economic opportunities; and suffer a high incidence of gender-based violence. In Pakistan, CARE focuses its work on nearly two- thirds of all poor and marginalized women.
CARE opened its Pakistan office in June 2005 to address poverty at its roots, primarily through partners, by:
- bolstering civil society;
- strengthening the links between poor communities and local government;
- giving greater voice to Pakistan's poor through advocacy; and
- enhancing the quality of poverty reduction efforts.
Poverty has a woman's face. Globally, CARE places a special emphasis on working with poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. This approach is perhaps even more needed in Pakistan where women:
- are politically and socially excluded from decision making;
- have limited mobility, restricting access to basic services such as health and education;
- lack economic opportunities due to limited access to markets and natural resources, restricted mobility, limited livelihood choices, and higher vulnerability in natural disasters; and
- suffer a high incidence of gender-based violence, which perpetuates gender-based social hierarchies.
From disaster to development. CARE arrived in Pakistan at a time when the country was grappling with a series of large-scale disasters. Through their emergency program, they have provided relief, as well as recovery and rehabilitation support to millions of Pakistanis affected by disastrous floods, cyclones, earthquakes, and displacement. Recognizing the long-term needs for support to full recovery, and their nexus with poverty, in 2009, CARE shifted its focus to implementing developmental projects linked to emergency response, working closely with partners and local communities.
They seek a Pakistan of hope, tolerance, & social justice, Where poverty has been overcome, and people live in dignity and security. CARE Will be a force and a partner of choice in a movement dedicated to ending poverty. They Will be Known for their unshakable commitment to the dignity of people in Pakistan.”
CARE will achieve this vision by:
“Empowering marginalized women to address power imbalances at the household, community and institutional levels- CARE Will engage With partners to promote self-help and influence public opinion and practice by bringing together Wisdom based on sound analysis and field practices-”
Specifically the overall goal of CARE’S fifteen year 2011 - 2026 strategy in Pakistan is that: 28 million marginalized women in Pakistan are making choices that reduce vulnerability and impact their lives positively. These women Will have control over productive assets and exercise their rights in formal and informal decision-making process at all levels.
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