Gender Equality

Gender Equality and Gender Transformative Change

Gender equality lies at the core of all the work that CARE India does. Deep-rooted gender inequitable relations, power dynamics, and social norms in India add to the vulnerabilities and marginalisation of women in many communities. As an organization working for gender equality and women’s rights, our aim is to bring a gender transformative change at the individual, household, and community levels. Through partnerships and collaborations with local organizations, CARE India is committed to addressing gender-based violence and discrimination, promoting women’s empowerment, and advancing gender equality in all aspects of life.

Our on-ground programmes feature a strong gender component that allows men and women, boys and girls, to live with mutual respect and equal opportunities. Behaviour change communication is the key element across all our projects to enhance awareness and strengthen the ability of women and their collectives to challenge and change unjust gender and social norms. We seek to address the unique needs and priorities of women and girls from diverse groups, including those from marginalized communities. By prioritizing inclusivity and intersectionality, we can advance gender equality and social justice for all.

We do this by our specially developed tools and communication outreach that promotes engagement with the community, service providers, government functionaries, and market players.

CARE India - An NGO Working to Enhance Awareness and Strengthen the Ability of Women

Gender Transformative Framework

CARE uses the Social Analysis and Action (SAA) approach to build institutional capacities for addressing gender. The SSA model conceptualises a pathway of learning and change.

Gender Transformative Framework by CARE India

Major Achievements

CARE India - An NGO Focuses on Equal Rights and Aims to Improve the Opprtunities for Marginalised Women and Girls in India

214,894 Women and girls received a direct impact to realise equal rights and opportunities.

CARE India - An NGO Working for Girls and Women to Lessen the Factors that Induce Discrimination Against Them

Aligned with the SDG 10, we worked with 4,450 women and girls to help reduce factors that induce inequality against them.


Sajha - A Programme by CARE India NGO Supporting Women Suffering Violence from Their Partner or Family


SAJHA works for women who suffer violence from their partner or family. The project aims to support such women by improving the health facilities’ response against such cases. The Frontline workers are trained to encourage the survivors to be aware, provide them with psychosocial support and take a bold step against violence.

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A Family Planning Programme by CARE India to Increase the Use of Modern Contraceptives

Family Planning

The Family Planning initiative works to increase the use of modern contraceptives to save the lives of young women and infants. It offers several choices, and from the informed options, he/she can choose the suitable one voluntarily.

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Gender Transformative Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels by CARE India

Transformative Change ApproachThe Gender

The study gives a sustainable approach to attain gender equality and equity…

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CARE India - An NGO Working to Analyse the Perceptions of Domestic Violence

An Analysis of Perceptions of Domestic Violence

The study highlights the implementation status of PWDV Act 2005…

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CARE India - An NGO Supporting PWDV Act by State Government

State Facilitate Support Services under PWDV

The study attempts to delve down deeper to assess…

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Frequently Asked Questions

Gender equality is important because it is a human right, it fosters social justice, it improves health and well-being, and it contributes to long-term development.

  • Gender equality is a human right.
  • Gender equality promotes economic growth.
  • Gender equality fosters social justice.
  • Gender equality improves health and well-being.
  • Gender equality contributes to sustainable development.

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) play a critical role in supporting the fight against gender-based violence (GBV). Here are some of the ways that NGOs support this fight:

  • NGOs provide direct services to survivors of GBV.
  • NGOs advocate for policy change to protect women and girls from GBV.
  • NGOs raise awareness about GBV and challenge harmful gender norms.
  • NGOs build the capacity of individuals and organizations to prevent and respond to GBV.
  • NGOs monitor and evaluate programs addressing GBV to ensure effectiveness.

Gender roles are shaped by various factors, including cultural, social, historical, economic, and psychological factors. Here are five of the most significant factors that affect gender roles:

  • Culture: Culture has a significant impact on gender roles. Different cultures’ norms and expectations regarding the roles of men and women in society can be vastly different. Some cultures, for example, may expect men to be primary breadwinners and women to focus on domestic work, whereas others may have more egalitarian expectations.
  • Socialization: Socialization is the process by which people learn and internalise the norms, values, and beliefs of their society. Children are socialised from a young age to adopt gender-specific behaviours and roles, such as boys being encouraged to play with trucks and girls with dolls. Socialization can take place through a variety of channels, including family, schools, the media, and peers.
  • Historical and economic factors: Gender roles can be influenced by historical and economic factors. During times of war or economic hardship, for example, women may be forced to take on traditionally male roles in order to support their families. Similarly, in resource-constrained societies, gender roles may be more rigidly defined to ensure that resources are distributed equitably.
  • Power dynamics: Power dynamics between men and women can also have an impact on gender roles. Women may have less access to education, job opportunities, and political power in societies where men have more power and control over resources, limiting their ability to challenge traditional gender roles.
  • Psychological factors: Psychological factors, such as personality traits and personal experiences, can also influence gender roles. Individuals with more traditional personality traits, for example, are more likely to conform to traditional gender roles, whereas those with more egalitarian personality traits are more likely to question them. Individual experiences of discrimination or inequality can also shape people’s attitudes and beliefs about gender roles.

CARE India, one of the best NGOs in Delhi working on gender equality, uses the Social Analysis and Action (SAA) approach to build institutional capacities for addressing gender. The SAA model conceptualises a pathway of learning and change. It involves:

  • Transforming the staff capacity to self-reflect, challenge, and facilitate.
  • Reflecting with the community on social norms, values, and discrimination.
  • Coming up with a plan for action with community members to address discrimination & challenge social norms.
  • Implementing plans using pooled project & community resources to attain greater social equity.
  • Evaluating change in individuals: groups; structures, policies and law; and social norms

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