We cannot eradicate poverty and achieve social justice while inequality persists. Discrimination against women has negative implications for global security and development, economic performance, food security, health, climate adaptation and the environment, governance, and stability.
Gender remains one of the most fundamental sources of inequality in the world today. Across nearly every country globally, women earn only a fraction of what men do, and trans/non-binary people are disproportionately impacted by poverty and denial of fundamental rights. Gender-based discrimination fuels food insecurity, safety risks, and exclusion from life-saving services and opportunities. Globally, one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence, most often at the hands of an intimate partner. More than 60% of the world’s hungry are women and girls; at the same time, women and girls disproportionately bear the burden of meeting their families’ food and care needs.
CARE is committed to supporting equality across all of its work. More than that, CARE acknowledges that this work is inextricably connected with race, class, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity, and other identities. While the disproportionate impact of gender inequality on women and girls is clear, it is also clear that CARE and its partners must learn from and support diverse women and girls to challenge injustice and work toward equality. CARE does this through meaningful partnerships with social justice movements, and supporting solidarity groups among women and girls. CARE also tackles harmful gender and social norms, working to mitigate, prevent and respond to gender-based violence, engaging men and boys, and taking steps to hold itself accountable to its commitments.