CARE Women's Network - New York

New York Chapter

About Us

The CARE Women’s Network – New York Chapter (CWN-NY, formally known as CARE’s New York Women’s Initiative) started in 1998. We select CARE projects focused on women and girls’ empowerment to raise awareness around and support financially for two-year cycles. Since our founding, we have contributed more than $2 million toward CARE’s programs globally.

This year we are committed to improving the health care system for infants and their mothers in Bihar, India. We hope you will join us at a future event and invite you to donate to our cause.


Join us in making a difference today

As a member of the CARE Women’s Network – New York, you’ll be able to:

  • Impact the lives of women and girls by supporting CARE’s mission of eradicating poverty
  • Advocate on Capitol Hill and elsewhere to forward CARE's goals of empowering women and girls
  • Support and visit selected CARE projects that impact the lives of women and girls
  • Network with a diverse group of people with a common focus of improving the lives of women and girls around the world
  • Learn from experts on topics concerning global development and how to make a difference
  • Educate yourself and others on issues important to CARE and the global community
  • Participate in unique experiences and gain insights through our relationship with CARE, its staff and its program participants around the world

There is a minimum financial commitment to join the CARE Women’s Network. For more information, please contact




A Mother’s Love: A Benefit for Mothers and Babies in Bihar, India
With Special Guest Kanchan Koya of Spice Spice Baby

Monday, April 15, 2019, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Baar Baar, 13 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

You are invited to an evening of delicious Indian bites, fabulous drinks, an irresistible silent auction, and great company. Together, we’ll be raising support for CARE’s project improving the health care system for mothers and infants in Bihar, India. This program began in 2011 as a partnership between CARE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and local government. Since then, we’ve seen the maternal mortality rate drop by half and a decrease of 20,000 fewer infant deaths annually. Your support will allow for this program to continue to grow and impact even more lives.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.


Book Club: The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
Wednesday, May 15, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Hosted by Abby Doft in her Upper East Side Apartment (address provided upon RSVPing)

Join us for a discussion on this book, which follows a darkly comic Bangalore driver through the poverty and corruption of modern India’s caste society. There is a suggested donation of $20. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register, please email


CARE National Conference
Sunday, June 9 – Tuesday, June 11, 2019
George Washington University, Washington DC

Celebrating our 17th year, the CARE National Conference provides a singular opportunity to mobilize public support for policies that will fight extreme poverty by empowering women and girls around the world. Joining together with humanitarians, professionals, movement-builders, philanthropists, and concerned citizens, you’ll learn more about today’s pressing global advocacy issues and put your newest skills to work when you advocate with us on Capitol Hill.

For more information and to register, please click here.



Bollywood Dance Class
March 25, 2019

We celebrated joy and happiness at Doonya’s Bollywood-inspired dance class. Ticket prices will benefitted CARE’s project transforming infant and maternal health care in Bihar, India.


Book Club: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
March 19, 2019

At this Book Club event, we discussed this breathtaking book by Pulitzer Prize winning Katherine Boo. The book offers a closer look at the role of global change and inequality inside a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport. 


Book Club: The Space Between Us by Thirty Umrigar
January 30, 2019

At this Book Club event, we discussed Thrity Umrigar’s poignant novel, The Space Between Us, about a wealthy woman and her downtrodden servant, which offers a revealing look at class and gender roles in modern day Bombay.


Diwali Community Yoga Class
November 10, 2018

In honor of Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, the CARE Women’s Network-NY is hosting a yoga class. Come for the downward dog, stay for the kundalini meditation, Chai tea, and Indian sweet treats. This evening will benefit CARE’s project transforming infant and maternal health care in Bihar, India.
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Improving Maternal Health at Home and Abroad: An Inside Look at the Challenges and Opportunities
October 30, 2018

Becoming a mother is one of the greatest blessings in the world. It can also be extremely dangerous. We’ll be taking a closer look at the greatest challenges and inequities faced by expectant mothers in the United States and abroad – keying in on the communities groups most affected and why, as well as what is being done to improve the situation. Highlighted will be CARE’s efforts transforming maternal health care in Bihar, India.
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Alma La Vida: A Benefit for CARE’s Fighting Gender-Based Violence Project in Ecuador
June 7, 2018

In Ecuador, 8 out of 10 women have experienced some form of violence. Join us for our spring benefit, which will go toward helping women who have been abused find their voices and effectively advocate for their rights. There will be good company, food, wine, and more.
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She Feeds the World: Innovation in Food Security
February 6, 2018

The program will a include a vibrant discussion around women, nutrition, and innovation. The event will be moderated by Julie Erickson, career coach and former executive director of City Harvest, a NYC anti-hunger non-profit. Juan Echanove, CARE Senior Director of Food & Nutrition Security will address the challenges faced by small-scale female farmers, and the benefits of CARE’s innovative approach to connecting them to business education and markets. Melissa Kushner, Yamba Malawi Founder and CEO, will share about their sustainable agriculture projects in Malawi benefiting women and children.
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November 2017
Members from the New York and Chicago chapters of CARE Women’s Network visited Ecuador to get a closer look at the project they’re supporting: Women Living Free of Gender Based Violence.
Read About the Trip
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Behind Closed Doors: Shedding Light on Married Adolescents in Ethiopia & Domestic Workers in Latin America
October 16, 2017

CARE’s Regional Director for Latin America & the Caribbean, Tatiana Bertolucci and Senior Director for Sexual, Reproductive, & Maternal Health, Christine Galavotti, will be deep diving into why women are disproportionately affected by poverty and how CARE is tackling gender inequality through economic empowerment and health.


CWN in Action

Our current project is focused on saving and improving the lives of women and babies during and after pregnancy in Bihar, India. More than half of the 119 million people in Bihar live below the poverty line. The state is so populous that it can easily swing national and global health outcomes. The infant and maternal mortality rates are staggering, while also preventable with improved care. We have partnered with CARE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and local government, to overhaul the state’s healthcare system. This includes creating Sick Newborn Care units, offering intervention when there is a low birthweight and access to blood banks. We’re also implementing mentorship programs for nurses focused on high-risk pregnancies, as well as introducing mobile technology to reach remote districts and training community health workers making home visits. Click here to learn more about this project.

Past CWN-NY supported projects include addressing gender based violence in Ecuador, girls’ education in Afghanistan, microfinance in Mozambique, and girls’ vocational and educational programs in Guatemala.


Donate to CWN-NY

We invite you to donate to our current project by clicking here




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