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EMBARK Toolkit

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Driving change toward a gender just future, by funding grassroots change makers in collaboration with a network of activists, advisors, and social justice philanthropists.

Why gender

Gender remains one of the most fundamental sources of inequality in the world today. CARE and its partners must learn from and support diverse women and girls to challenge injustice and work toward equality.

The toolkit

The toolkit guides one through four phases: Reflect, Listen, Resist, and Act Bravely. 

This process is an ongoing cycle—even if we think we are doing the right thing, it’s important to be reflective, mindful of our own position, and shifts in the landscape.

Each section begins with a poem to offer grounding and open our imaginations.

“These places of possibility within ourselves are dark because they are ancient and hidden; they have survived and grown strong through that darkness. Within these deep places, each one of us holds an incredible reserve of creativity and power, of unexamined and unrecorded emotion and feeling… Poetry coins the language to express and charter this revolutionary demand, the implementation of that freedom.”

— Audre Lorde, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury,” Sister Outsider, 1984. 


Toolkit content is organized into three components:

  • Reflection: Build self-awareness around our intentions.
  • Listening & Action: Strengthen principles, commitments, and practice.
  • A Syllabus: Materials for deeper study.


The tools


Learn from diverse histories to build understanding, connection, empathy, and respect.

Read the guidelines

Build awareness of our own position in society, and it impacts on our realities.

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Resist oppressive systems and practice self-accountability.

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Act Bravely

Take brave actions toward transformative futures and collective liberation.

Read the guidelines