Empower Her Through Education

Fight to End Child Marriage on International Day of the Girl

On International Day of the Girl, we celebrate the resiliency of adolescent girls and urge you to support our efforts in ending child marriage worldwide, helping girls look forward to safe, healthy, educated futures.

What Does Education Have to Do With Marriage? In many countries, a girl's education is not prioritized. Often, these girls are married by the time they're 14, 10, or even 7, and are expected to start having children by age 16. Simply put, child brides in the developing world have a diminished chance of completing their education.

At CARE, we’re helping those girls get a lifesaving education, and we are partnering with Alba Botanica®, Avalon Organics® and JĀSÖN® to do it. Each brand has an area of unique interest in helping CARE change the circumstances of so many.

Alba Botanica® is all about girl power, and is working with CARE to find ways to unlock it.

Avalon Organics® believes, along with CARE, that girls from all backgrounds should have access to education, so we are working to advocate for changes in local and government-level policy to make this possible.

JĀSÖN® is standing with CARE, helping mothers and communities shape bright futures for girls as they strive to do more.

Explore the features and stories below to learn more about barriers to girls’ education, like child marriage, and how you can join our fight to give girls around the world the futures they deserve. 


Umu, 16

One student leader shows how education can open doors to her dreams.


Selina Akhter, 20

Not allowing social barriers to stop her, she now helps to support herself, and her family. 


Manjura, 7 and Mansura, 8

Never expecting to attend school, bright futures lie ahead for two sisters.


Isis Zúniga Reyes

With some determination, this empowered young woman helped inspire social change.


Communities and Girl’s Education: The Sound of Progress


Esperança, 3

For a young preschooler, her grandmother’s participation opened a door to early childhood education.

CS: A. Laxmi

Laxmi Pal, 13

They expected her to stay home until she got married. She chose school.

CS: B. Angie

In Their Own Language

Four girls who now have a bright and bilingual future 



At one time there was little opportunity for her, now she is a class leader. 

CS: D. Lutfa


Learn how a village changed its approach to girls’ education to “Be Strong, Be Healthy” 

CS: E. Raghad


For a girl with untapped potential, getting bilingual education made all the difference. 

CS: F. Susan


Mothers groups engaging students, schools and communities in change.

Share These Stats

Get the facts, spread the word.

#KeepGirlsinthePictureMost of the world’s 57mill out-of-school children are girls. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePictureMarried Today: 39k girls under age 18. #endchildmarriage #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture66mill children in poor countries go to school hungry. #endhunger #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture28% of girls in the world’s poorest countries are child laborers. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture20 million girls in war zones don’t go to school. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePictureChildren of literate mothers have a 50% greater chance of living past age 5. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePictureEvery year of school can increase a girl’s future income by 10%. #StealTheseStats @CARE
#KeepGirlsinthePicture61% of the 123 million children who have trouble reading are girls. #StealTheseStats @CARE

Give the Gift of Education and Change a Girl’s Life Forever

Children are naturally hungry to learn, but face daunting challenges to attending school, especially girls. CARE works to address these barriers including workload, violence, resources, and sometimes simply being a girl. You can help!

Take Action

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation that puts young girls at risk and keeps them mired in poverty. Support Girls’ Education and Ask Secretary of State Kerry to Help Stop Child Marriage.


Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, school safety and sanitation are all barriers preventing a girl from receiving a proper education.


Imagine growing up in a place where, as a child, you’re more likely to walk down the aisle than into a secondary school classroom.

Turn Dollars Into Change

A little money makes a big impact. Donate now, and spread the word.

Turn Dollars into Change

$21 = 1 school kit with a bag, notebooks, pencils and hygiene items. @care

Turn Dollars into Change

$44 = 1 year of school for a girl. @CARE

Turn Dollars into Change

$75 = 1 year of drinking water & sanitation for 25 students. @care

Turn Dollars into Change

$155 = 1 preschool teacher's salary. @CARE