Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Women’s Lives, Women’s Voices

We put reproductive rights, women’s empowerment and gender equality at the center of our work.

The Path to 2020

The Path to 2020 report highlights CARE’s progress in expanding access to family planning for women and girls in some of the most difficult and dangerous places in the world.

“Now that I can control my pregnancies, I can be sure that my children go to school. I never had the time to finish my studies, but they will. I will see a better life through my children.”
– Anifa, Democratic Republic of Congo

About Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

CARE believes that access to quality sexual and reproductive health is both a fundamental human right and a critical development issue. SRHR is a vital component of CARE's work to reduce poverty and social injustice. Improvements in SRHR are linked to economic and social development and must be addressed to achieve sustainable reductions in poverty. But the realization of the “right to health” cannot be achieved through direct services alone – large-scale and sustainable change requires that we address underlying and systemic factors, including gender inequality, policy barriers, and power imbalances that have an impact on health.

CARE’s SRHR team works to reduce maternal and newborn mortality and improve health outcomes by increasing the quality, responsiveness and equity of health services. CARE generates and builds evidence through our programs, measures impact, shares learning, advocates for stronger SRHR policies, and encourages scale-up and replication of successful approaches to increase global impact. We believe that all women, men, and young people should have equitable access to the information and services they need to realize their rights and attain the highest possible standard of sexual and reproductive health – free of discrimination, stigma, coercion, and violence.

What We Do

CARE works with government officials, public service providers, local organizations, and community members to provide SRHR information and improve provision of and access to health services.

How We Work

CARE uses effective models and approaches to support communities to overcome poverty, social injustice, and humanitarian crises.

Where We Work

CARE implements SRHR programming throughout the Global South through member partners, with a special focus on Asia and Africa.

Scenes of life from the Tipping Point

A girl comes to a screeching halt on a motorbike. A young woman and a young man have a quiet conversation by the roadside. Two girls - friends and teammates - offer up a soccer ball for a game. These are scenes of everyday life as presented by the people living it in rural Nepal and Bangladesh. As part of CARE's Tipping Point project, a program that addresses the root causes of child marriage, participants were outfitted with cameras to document their lives and show how Tipping Point is helping them transform their communities. The resulting photos reveal that seemingly subtle shifts in attitudes and habits can have lasting impact. All photos and captions by Tipping Point participants.

Where We Work