Susana Osorio

Gender and Compliance Unit Head

We know that the barriers faced by women in our country have a structural gender discrimination basis. In the context of the economic and health crisis, it is girls and women who suffer the most from its economic effects, since they generally earn and save less than men. In addition, they represent the majority of single-parent households and disproportionately hold the most insecure jobs in the informal economy and in the service sector, giving them less access to social protections. 

For many households, school closures and social distancing measures have increased the burden of unpaid care and domestic work, which is traditionally assigned to women. All this is the result of gender roles and mandates, which operate as a barrier to their incorporation to paid jobs or work-life balance strategies with equal opportunities as their male peers. Added to this, social and economic pressures, combined with movement restrictions, are causing an increase in gender-based violence, both in their homes and on social networks. 

Therefore, gender equality is the central principle of CARE’s vision to 2030 and the core of its ambitions and programmatic objectives to overcome poverty. Saying that CARE puts girls and women at the center of its intervention is a political statement and an important every-day challenge to achieve significant actions and to recognize the areas in which we can add more value and work with others to contribute to transformative social change. 

As a pillar of all our work, gender equality is integrated into the four programmatic axes of CARE Peru. Our Gender Equality Framework provides the overarching theory of change for all three gender equality focal areas and all of CARE’s impact areas. We reinforce in it the idea that gender transformation requires changes in discriminatory structures and unequal power relations, as well as in the capacity for individual agency of girls, women and marginalized groups in order to bring about positive sustainable change. 

Along these lines, CARE Peru has been betting on the development of an operating model that strengthens dialogue and organizations and movements for women’s rights with the aim of supporting and amplifying their own agendas. We are committed to a strategy of working in partnership with civil society, companies and governments to create and strengthen institutions and systems with a gender perspective. 

As a result of this commitment, at CARE Peru we have taken on the challenge of coordinating and harmonizing gender equality in the fulfillment of all our policies, a commitment that has materialized in the creation of the Gender and Compliance Unit, whose objective is to supervise, control and monitor compliance with institutional policies and consolidate an organizational culture of integrity and good practices based on ethical principles and risk prevention. This involves promoting the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct, as well as compliance with the policies of “Gender Equality, Safeguard against Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Exploitation and Child Exploitation” aligned with the principles of accountability. As an organization, we are developing operational tools that allow us to transform this commitment into improving programmatic quality in order to finally achieve the real transformation of the lives of girls and women we work for. 

Susana Osorio

Gender and Compliance Unit Head