Why Women & Girls?

What Do Women & Girls Have to Do With Ending Poverty?


Make the Connection!

Find out how empowering women and girls in Bangladesh led to healthier, taller children.

Help Her Look Forward to a Brighter Future

Marriage is a time for celebration and joy – unless you are one of the 67 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18.

Help Her Live

Pregnancy and childbirth shouldn’t be a game of chance.

Help Her Learn

Because every girl has the potential to change her world, we help girls go to school, cultivate their leadership skills and promote societal changes so they can flourish.

I Am Powerful

Women are powerful – for what they contribute as individuals, as mothers, as family members, as community members, as citizens.

Why does CARE fight poverty by focusing on girls and women?

Because we have to.

It’s simple: In the world’s poorest communities, girls and women bear the brunt of poverty. Fighting poverty in those communities requires focusing on girls and women to achieve equality. When families struggle to grow enough food to eat, or earn enough money to send all their kids to school, it’s the girls who are often the last to eat and first to be kept home from school. In these same communities, it’s the 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.

But girls and women aren’t just the faces of the poverty; they’re also the key to overcoming it. CARE’s nearly seven decades of experience makes clear that when you empower a girl or a woman, she becomes a catalyst for positive change whose success benefits everyone around her.

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Get the facts about women & girls.

Steal These StatsIn #Kenya, there are 45 infected women for every 10 men w/ #HIV. #stealthesestats w/@CARE

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Make The Connection!

Child marriage is a gross human rights violation.

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She says she’s the happiest woman in the world.

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Read This!

Find out how she's turning milk into money.

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CARE helps meet the needs of girls and women during times of crisis.

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We advocate for gender equality in U.S. foreign assistance programs.

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She’s a modern-day Rosie the Riveter.


There is a dynamic movement building across the globe to empower girls and women in the fight against poverty.

Just one donation can change her world

See how one gift to CARE can help a girl go to school - and grow up to help lift her entire community from poverty.

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Empowering Women to Battle Extreme Poverty: Sangita Dhawal's Story

My name is Sangita Dhawal. I live in Badahara Dubauliya VDC of Nawalparasi district.trict.

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