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How is CARE empowering
women and girls?

CARE empowers women and girls to build a more equal world. We actively help women to earn more income, prevent violence, get basic services and gain more learning opportunities.

School gives girls a chance at life, especially in areas of the world where child marriage, early motherhood and poverty are the only other options. When a girl is educated she is more likely to earn a greater income, is less likely to die from a preventable disease, and is more equipped to protect her health and that of her family.

Our programs support women so that they can have income-earning skills and own assets like livestock. We also help them with access to microfinance. CARE is committed to helping poor women and girls out of violence in families and workplaces. Women are getting better leadership skills through our work in many countries of the world.

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Fast Facts

  • 90% of countries have at least one law that discriminates against women
  • 1 in 5 women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime
  • 1 in 9 girls in developing countries is forced into marriage before her 15th birthday
  • In every region, women do the bulk of unpaid work such as caregiving and household tasks

Some of our key projects

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Village Savings and Loans

In 1991, CARE launched a program in Niger that would change the world – at least parts of it. It harnessed the ancient practice of group savings in a concept called Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA).

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Leftemap Sista project

Majority of Vanuatu’s population live in rural areas and remote islands, where they don’t easily get an education, have access to healthcare or earn an income. Women and girls are especially disadvantaged.

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Boosting Coffee Production

More than 70 per cent of Laos’ population depends on farming to make a living. This project will train farmers to increase their yields, produce higher quality coffee, and connect them with international markets.

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STOP Sexual Harassment project

Sexual harrassment is a form of gender-based violence – one of the most tolerated violations of workers’ human rights experienced by women across the Mekong. This project is working in four countries in the Mekong to address sexual harassment in the garment industry.

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Education for Ethnic Minority

In Cambodia, CARE is helping children from ethnic minority groups go to school for the first time. Our work in Cambodia’s Ratnak Kiri province is helping children from ethnic minorities keep learning at school and enabling them to build a life free from poverty.

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