Grounded in CARE’s extensive programmatic experience, our sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy efforts focus on increasing prioritization and funding for more comprehensive, rights-based, and evidence-based policies and programs. We also work to improve accountability between local, national, and regional officials and their constituents. In particular, CARE’s advocacy highlights the centrality of women’s empowerment, gender and social norms, human rights, and governance to increasing the coverage, quality and equity of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian and development settings.

CARE’s approach involves working with communities to empower women and girls, engage men and boys, and promote gender equality, social equity and improved health; working with health systems to bring services to the community level, facilitate ongoing quality improvement, and enhance acceptability and responsiveness to community needs; and strengthening participatory governance structures and processes involving community, health system, and government representatives in shared oversight, responsibility, and accountability, and ensuring community voices are heard in local, national, and global policy circles.

Through our advocacy, we seek to ensure that the voices of the women and communities we serve are heard in national and global debates and catalyzing meaningful collective action. CARE’s strength is built on our experience working with some of the world’s most marginalized populations; the relationships with communities, governments, donors, and the private sector; and our proven ability to scale up effective evidence-based programming.

For more information and guidance on CARE’s approach to advocacy, click here.

SRHR How 1: Gender Equality

Improve Gender Equality

Transformative change for gender justice.

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Nang Kam Phone, 24 years, Auxiliary Midwife and babies who were delivered by her at Nam Htan Ma village, Lashio, Myanmar

SRHR How 2: Promote Inclusive Governance

Promote Inclusive Governance

Everyone deserves a voice in life-changing policies.

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With funding from the Levi Strauss Foundation, CARE conducts lunchtime awareness sessions on topics such as health, hygiene and nutrition.

SRHR How 3: Resilience and Risk Reduction

Increase Resilience and Risk Reduction

Equipping communities to rebound quickly after crisis.

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Residents of Bafodia wait their turn at a maternal health care center supported by CARE.

SRHR How 4: Form Strategic Partnerships

Form Strategic Partnerships

We cannot increase global health access alone. 

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Kanat Kebele, South Gondar. Nigist* (name has been changed) is 9 years old and in grade 3 at school. She likes math and wants to be doctor.