CARE El Salvador was established in 1956 and over the next two decades implemented a number of development projects. From 1979 to 1992, El Salvador suffered a disastrous civil war in which 75,000 people were killed and more than a million displaced or forced to flee abroad. In 1980, security had deteriorated so much that CARE was forced to suspend its programs.
From 1985 to 1988, CARE was able to return temporarily and implement a hospital prosthesis program for war victims. Due to improving security conditions, CARE resumed its programs in El Salvador in 1993.
Gender-based violence is one of the most widespread – but least recognized – human rights abuses in the world. Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This violence is happening to our sisters, mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters around the world.
This violence leaves survivors with long-term psychological and physical trauma; tears away at the social fabric of communities; and is used with terrifying effect in conflict settings, with women as the main target.
Mapping the Effects of Climate Change on Human Migration and Displacement
We believe that the greatest obstacle to girls’ education is the low social status in which girls are held.
The world’s future will be largely shaped by today’s girls and tomorrow’s women. A growing body of evidence indicates that girls’ well-being is critical to progress on a range of developmental outcomes: an educated girl is more likely to delay marriage and childbirth, enjoy greater income and productivity and raise fewer, healthier and better-educated children.1 Indeed, investments in girls’ education may go further than any other spending in global development.
In 2008, CARE launched an ambitious Market Engagement Strategy that aims to empower 10 million women and girls to transition from poverty to prosperity by 2015 by improving their ability to access and benefit from markets and employment. This report represents a first assessment of how we are doing.