Women & Children in Emergencies

El Niño

El Niño will have a severe impact on access to water and food security in several countries. Learn how CARE is responding.

Yemen in Crisis

Over 12 million people are going hungry as wheat and other staples are in increasingly short supply.

When Disaster Strikes, Women and Girls Often Suffer Most

After floods, earthquakes or conflict, they aren’t just left without shelter and food. They also go without special medical care or defense against dangers like human trafficking.

When clinics are wiped out by storms, pregnant women may face dangerous deliveries. In unlit, unprotected refugee settlements, teen girls walking in the evening may be at risk for harassment or rape. After a crisis destroys a family’s livelihood, domestic violence can increase dramatically. Catastrophes may make it impossible for children, and especially girls, to go to school.

Working with communities hit by natural disasters and war, CARE helps keep women and girls healthy and safe. CARE puts a special focus on girls and women when distributing food and emergency supplies. We make sure girls go to school, raise awareness about violence against women, provide maternal health services and teach mothers skills they need to rebuild their family’s lives. As communities start to recover, CARE ensures that women and girls don’t lose out – and can fulfill their potential.

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Steal These StatsWomen & children comprise 75% of war casualties. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These StatsWorldwide, 20 million girls in conflict zones do not attend school. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These StatsIn 2013, more than 100 countries formally declared they would work to end warzone rape. #stealthesestats w/@CARE
Steal These StatsThe death rate of women after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was at least 3Xs higher than that of men in places. #stealthesestats w/@CARE

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During normal times, 15% of pregnant women have a complication needing medical intervention. 

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Find out how CARE helps Niger’s “elderly” women survive famine.

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One out of every 11 mothers in Afghanistan dies in pregnancy or childbirth.

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We’re helping women widowed by the war in Afghanistan earn a living.

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CARE includes gender in our emergency response efforts around the world.

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Rape is often used as a weapon of war.

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Starting over from scratch after a 14-year civil war, a woman in a remote village in Liberia emerges as a leader in her community with CARE's help.

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We asked five young Syrian refugees to share their dreams and a message to the world.


SANAA (December 13, 2018) - The Yemen peace talks in Sweden have resulted in an agreement to stop the violence in the port city of Hodeidah, as the warring parties...

SANAA – (December 6, 2018) – As pockets of famine-like conditions are announced in parts of Yemen and the majority of the population are shown to be suffering from...

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