CARE National Conference: The Issues

CARE National Conference: The Issues

Below are the three issue areas for this year's CARE National Conference that attendees will learn to advocate for.

1. Gender Based Violence

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is at epidemic proportions in countries around the world. It is estimated that at least one out of three women globally will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. CARE urges the United States and its partners to integrate efforts to prevent and respond to GBV across foreign assistance programs in health, governance, education, economic growth, humanitarian assistance and security. Such assistance must be sustained over time, as the cycle of GBV can only be broken through long-term, multilevel action to empower women and girls and change community norms that perpetuate violence.

2. Maternal Newborn and Child Health 

CARE advocates for the U.S. to support policies and allocate robust resources to increase the quality, availability, and access to voluntary family planning services to promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies as part of a comprehensive approach to maternal and child health. Family planning represents one of the most effective interventions to reduce maternal and child deaths, and is a critical component in the continuum of services needed to improve the health of mothers and children. CARE knows that U.S. policies and resources should eliminate barriers to accessing health services so that all women and their families, including the most vulnerable, can attain the services and information they need.

3. Food Security 

Hunger and malnutrition threaten families and communities around the world. Over 805 million people are chronically hungry, and 161 million children under five are stunted. Hunger and malnutrition kill more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.CARE calls for reforms to U.S. food aid programs that allow for a flexible response to emergency food needs, including the option to buy locally where appropriate and to transport food as efficiently as possible.  CARE advocates for U.S. food and nutrition security programs to adopt a comprehensive approach that empowers the world’s poorest women and their families to realize their right to nutritious food and  protects the planet’s resources for today and years to come.