WASHINGTON (July 19, 2018) — CARE, the global poverty-fighting organization, applauds the introduction of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 (S.3247), a bipartisan bill that prioritizes women’s economic empowerment and provides communities with the resources to support women’s financial inclusion and leadership. The House passed a similar bill earlier this week.
Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE, said :
“Most of the world’s 836 million people who live in extreme poverty are women and girls. Yet, CARE’s experience shows that when women lift themselves out of poverty, they pull their families and communities up with them—exerting enormous leverage and change.”
The WEE Act signals America’s commitment to the economic empowerment of women worldwide and to the goal of eliminating global poverty. CARE applauds the leadership of Senators Boozman, Cardin, Shaheen, and Rubio on this bill and their dedication to women’s economic advancement around the world.”
Founded in 1945 with the creation of the CARE Package®, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls because, equipped with the proper resources, they have the power to lift whole families and entire communities out of poverty. That’s why women and girls are at the heart of CARE’s community-based efforts to improve education and health, create economic opportunity, respond to emergencies and confront hunger. Last year CARE worked in 93 countries and reached more than 63 million people around the world. Learn more at care.org.