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.

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.

Stop the Violence

Daily domestic abuse, sexual assault, being harassed for going to school — these are just some of the dangers our global sisters face. And this stops here, with you.

"It's a Man's World"

Really? Tell us another one. Meet the people busting this and other misguided myths that hold women and girls back.

Power Lasting Change

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Racing to Empower Women

Marah Zahalka, CARE-sponsored member of the first female Palestinian motor racing team "Speed Sisters," recounts her struggles and triumphs to compete.

WHY WOMEN & GIRLS?

Because women produce half the world’s food, put in two-thirds of the world’s working hours, and yet make only 10 percent of the world’s income. That’s not just disheartening, it’s unjust. Righting this imbalance is key to fighting global poverty.

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.

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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.

 

Steal These Stats

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#StealTheseStats w/@CARE1 billion women will be victims of violence in their lifetime. #empowerwomen
#StealTheseStats w/@CARE1 in 9 girls is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday. #endchildmarriage w/@CARE
#StealTheseStats w/@CAREMore than 875 million women and girls worldwide are illiterate. #educategirls

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 87 countries around the world to support over 900 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects.