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Our Advocacy Issues

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Our advocacy work delivers lasting solutions by promoting policy reforms that foster strong, resilient communities. These policy reforms ensure that current and future generations will benefit from the changes we make today.

The World at a Glance

821 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition around the globe


1 in 3 women globally will experience gender-based violence

Every 90 seconds a woman dies from complications during pregnancy or childbirth

Nearly 300 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection to survive

UN, December 2023

Gender and Empowerment

Women and girls aren’t just the faces of poverty; they’re also the key to overcoming it. CARE knows that when you empower a girl or a woman, she becomes a catalyst for change whose success benefits everyone around her. We put women and girls in the center of our work around the globe because we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. The Safe from the Start Act currently in the House of Representatives is a crucial piece of legislation that CARE and its advocates are working to pass in order to protect women and girls’ rights and safety in emergencies.

Read more about why CARE puts women and girls at the center of its work.

Foreign Assistance Budget

Lifesaving foreign assistance funding comprises roughly one percent of the U.S. federal budget — just one penny on the federal dollar. Yet this penny is incredibly powerful. It changes millions of lives every year, addresses the root causes of poverty, decreases dependency, and builds stronger, more resilient societies. In the midst of COVID-19, United States leadership must meet the current moment and commit to addressing extreme poverty and responding to humanitarian crises around the world.

Read more about the importance of foreign aid funding

Humanitarian Emergencies

The world continues to witness an unprecedented rise in the scale and number of humanitarian crises unfolding around the globe. CARE is currently responding to emergencies in the toughest of conditions worldwide with a focus on the needs of women and children.

Read more about how CARE responds to crisis and conflict.

Food and Nutrition Security

In a world where more than 800 million people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, CARE recognizes the importance of empowering those most impacted to feed more people around the globe in a sustainable, equitable, and flexible way. That’s why CARE focuses on long-term food and nutrition security programs to end global hunger and stunting in developing countries.

Read more about how CARE works to achieve food and nutrition security for all.

Maternal Global Health

More than 200 million women in developing countries want the ability to choose the timing of their pregnancies but lack access to the right tools. Due to the dangerously low accessibility of contraceptives, information, and women’s medical services, pregnancy can put these women in life-threatening situations. CARE is fighting to protect funding for the United Nations Population Fund, the largest provider of reproductive health care globally.

Read about how healthy moms lead to healthy societies