CARE Convenes 17th Annual Conference in DC, Calls on Attendees to ‘FIGHT WITH CARE®’

CARE Convenes 17th Annual Conference in DC, Calls on Attendees to ‘FIGHT WITH CARE®’

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WASHINGTON, DC (June 7, 2019) – On June 9-11, the leading international humanitarian and development organization CARE will host its 17thannual CARE National Conference (CNC), convening more than 100 citizen advocates, corporate partners and global development experts at George Washington University for three days of inspiration, learning and advocacy on behalf of poor women and girls worldwide.  


CARE is specifically calling on conference participants to FIGHT WITH CARE® for U.S. foreign assistance and gender equality around the world.  


At this a time of unprecedented global challenges – including record levels of displacement, famine and conflict – the CARE National Conference provides an important platform for CARE supporters to move the needle on policies that will help save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice,” said Michelle Nunn, president and CEO of CARE. “We will use our voices to fight for, and lift up, women and girls and their families around the world and ensure real, measurable change happens.” 


Key speakers at the conference include: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia and Nobel Laureate; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent for the New York Times, as well as CARE Ambassadors: Bellamy Young, “Scandal” actress; Holland Roden, “Teen Wolf” actress; Danielle Savre, “Station 19” actress; and Antonia Lofaso, chef, restaurant owner and TV personality.  


Also during the conference, CARE’s Global Leaders Network (GLN) and the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) will honor José Andrés, Chef and Founder of World Central Kitchen; and Michèle Flournoy, former Under Secretary of Defense and co-founder of WestExecAdvisors, for their work to advance peace and prosperity around the world. Congressional honorees will include: Sen.Patty Murray (D-WA); Sen.Lisa Murkowski (R-AK); Sen. John Boozman (R-AR); Sen.Tim Kaine (D-VA); Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Also participating will be Ambassador Dina Kawar of Jordan; and former Sen. Sam Nunn, Chairman and Founder of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.  


During the conference, CARE will also deliver the FIGHT WITH CARE® award to Ana Victoria López, the founder of Cooperativa AjSu’mR.L., the first women’s cooperative in Patzún Chimaltenango, Guatemala and Sandra Xiquín, the president of Cooperativa Integral Agricola Mujeres4pinos, a women’s agricultural cooperative in Santiago Sacatepéquez, Guatemala. 


The three-day conference will culminate with a day of action, where conference participants will advocate on behalf of CARE’s priority issues in meetings with members of Congress and staffers on Capitol Hill. 


The CARE National Conference is sponsored by Delta, UPS, DOVE® Chocolate, Cargill, P&G, the Coca Cola Company and Abbott.   


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 confront hunger, ensure nutrition and food security for all, improve education and health, create economic opportunity and respond to emergencies. In 2018, CARE worked in 95 countries and reached more than 56 million people around the world.  



Nicole Ellis:, +1-202-560-1791 

CARE advocates pose for a group photo just prior to storming the halls of Congress to lobby for CARE on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, during Hill Day at CARE National Conference in Washington, D.C. Photo: Laura Noel/CARE