International Day of the Girl

Keep Girls in School and Out of Poverty!

When a girl has the opportunity to go to school, it stops poverty in its tracks.

Keep Girls in the Picture

Without school, a girl’s future fades away. Learn about barriers to girls’ education with our video yearbook and stories.

Focus On: Girls' Education

CARE is celebrating the second annual International Day of the Girl by recognizing the life-changing impact an education can have on a girl and her family. When a girl has the opportunity to go to school, it stops poverty in its tracks. An educated girl will earn a greater income, wait until she's ready to marry and have children, and create a healthy, stable household for her and her family. When girls get an education, whole communities thrive and the cycle of poverty is broken.

War in Syria is keeping girls out of school

In a country overwhelmed by refugee children, the schools had no room for Hanan.

Sangita's second chance to go to school

Up until two months ago, 13-year-old Sangita Devi had never set foot in a school. 

Water is essential to life

And yet it could have kept Susan out of school for good.

Take Action

Tell your elected officials right now to co-sponsor the Education for All Act to help put the 61 million girls and boys who've been robbed of an education back in school.


Get the facts, spread the word.

Steal These Stats66 million children in poor countries go to school hungry. #endhunger #StealTheseStats @CARE
Steal These StatsMarried Today: 39k girls under age 18. #endchildmarriage #StealTheseStats @CARE
Steal These Stats20 million girls in war zones don’t go to school. #StealTheseStats @CARE
Steal These StatsEvery year of school can increase a girl’s future income by 10%. #StealTheseStats @CARE

Supporting Afghan Girls and Their Dreams

In 2009, almost 95% of Afghan girls didn't attend secondary school. Less than 13 percent of Afghan women can read. For almost two decades, CARE has been working with local communities to help girls enroll and stay in school so they have a better chance to reach their full potential.

Where We Work

CARE works in 84 countries around the world to support nearly 1,000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects.