Women's Empowerment

Unlock Powerful Potential

Women and girls in the developing world are hit hardest by poverty. We deliver the knowledge and support they need to forge new opportunities.

A Commitment to Real Impact on the Girls Around the World

First Lady Michelle Obama delivered remarks at “The United State of Women Dinner” as part of the White House United State of Women Summit.

Stop the Violence

One in three women worldwide have been raped, abused, forced into prostitution, or suffered some other form of violence. We need to do something to stop this atrocity.

WHY WOMEN & GIRLS?

When more women work, economies grow. An increase in female labour force participation—or a reduction in the gap between women’s and men’s labour force participation—results in faster economic growth.

WHAT ABOUT MEN & BOYS?

As part of our holistic approach to fighting poverty, we work with men and boys to engage them in discussions about gender equality and violence so they can become champions of change in their communities.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Globally, one out of three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. We offer support and services for victims and educate community members to prevent further violence.

CHILD MARRIAGE

In the last 30 seconds, 13 girls under the age of 18 got married. And not happily. Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that keeps girls out of school, endangers their health and sentences them to a lifetime of poverty.

The Case for Women’s Empowerment

Women and girls make up the majority of the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty. At CARE, we are committed to ending poverty — by attacking its root causes, not only its consequences.

In practice, this means that we can’t just build a school — we must ensure girls’ rights to education. It means not only providing HIV and reproductive health information, counseling and testing, but also fighting for every individual’s right to be free from abuse or violence.

CARE is committed to uncovering and transforming the political, social and economic relationships at the heart of poverty — our work to improve the health and well-being of women and girls is critical to that fight.

 

Stories of Empowerment

Explore our video playlist of stories about women who, with CARE’s help, have created lasting change in their own lives.

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Where We Work

CARE works in 94 countries around the world to support over 1000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects.