Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Around the World - CARE

Gender Equality

Why does CARE fight poverty by focusing on girls and women? Because it’s the only way to achieve our mission.

A woman carrying a baby on her shoulders high fives a young girl with both hands. They're surrounded by chickens eating on a farm.
CARE / Jake Lyell

It’s simple: In the world’s most marginalized communities, girls and women bear the brunt of injustice. Working with communities to fight poverty requires focusing on girls and women so that all people can achieve equality.

When families struggle to grow enough food to eat, or earn enough money to send all their kids to school, it’s girls who are often the last to eat and first to be kept home from school. In these same communities, it’s women who are frequently denied the right to own the land they’ve farmed their entire lives. And where girls and women are denied freedom to leave their homes or walk down a street, they struggle to earn a living, attend school or even visit a doctor.

Despite the many obstacles they face, women and girls provide critical solutions to everyday problems as individuals, community members, as leaders. CARE’s nearly seven decades of experience makes clear that when we stand with women and girls, we affirm not only their right to be heard, but the power of diverse voices to support change for all people.

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Women and girls make up the majority of the 1.4 billion people living in extreme poverty. At CARE, we are committed to ending poverty — by attacking its root causes, not only its consequences.

In practice, this means that we can’t just build a school — we must ensure girls’ rights to education. It means not only providing health services and information, but also fighting for every individual’s right to be free from abuse or violence.

CARE is committed to uncovering and transforming the political, social and economic relationships at the heart of poverty — our work to support women’s and girls’ right to health and well-being is critical to that fight.