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.

What About Men & Boys?

Our community-based efforts to improve education, health and economic opportunity for girls and women don’t just benefit those girls and women. They benefit the boys and men around them – their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers.

Poverty is directly connected to gender inequality. Men and boys in the communities where we work increasingly understand this and are vital partners in our programs to empower girls and women. The communities where men and boys are most actively engaged in our work, real and lasting change is more likely to take hold; change that benefits everyone.



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

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