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Guidelines | December 13, 2023

CRS Global Gender Strategy 2030

This document is CRS’ Global Gender Strategy 2030.

Gender equality and female empowerment are core development objectives, foundational for the realization of human rights, right relations and key to effective and sustainable development outcomes across sectors. Although many gender gaps have narrowed in recent years (e.g. access to primary education), substantial inequalities persist across all regions where Catholic Relief Services (CRS) works, and particularly among disadvantaged groups. Because of this, in 2012 a team of CRS staff developed a five-year global gender strategy grounded in the agency’s values, the challenges and daily reality of the women and men that CRS serves and the growing body of evidence that development programs designed and executed with a gender focus produce better and more sustainable outcomes. The strategy reinforced and supported CRS’ commitment to putting gender equality at the core of our programming. To continue this momentum, CRS developed a new global gender strategy spanning from 2020-2030 that emphasizes the critical importance of gender integration in achieving the agency’s mission.


  • Introduction
  • Why Gender Equality?
  • Gender Equality and CRS
  • Conceptual Framework for Gender Equality
  • CRS’ Global Gender Strategy 2020-2030 Goal
  • Minimum Standards for Gender Integration in Programs And Operations21
  • Implementation Plan & Oversight of The Gender Strategy