Gender and Empowerment

Issues - Gender and Empowerment - Intro

Women and girls make up the majority of the 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty. In the poorest communities around the world, social and cultural norms and violence prevent women from accessing vital resources, going to school, finding a job, receiving health care, choosing their own marriages, or planning their families and futures.

CARE’s 70 years of experience makes clear that an empowered woman can change the world.

Issues - Gender and Empowerment - Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women

It is estimated that at least one in three women globally will experience gender-based violence in their lifetime. This may include rape, domestic violence, child marriage, female genital cutting, or sexual harassment. While women and girls are the primary victims of gender-based violence, men and boys are also victimized and face similar difficulties in obtaining treatment and post-assault recovery.

Violence against women has profound implications on survivors and communities, including increased risks for HIV and reproductive health complications. When women and girls are sexually abused or harassed in the world of work, they are often forced to either leave their job and their primary source of income or face their abuser everyday with zero protections.

Issues - Gender and Empowerment - This Is Not Working

Watch: This Is Not Working

Women around the world are breaking the secrecy and silence around sexual abuse and harassment in the workplace. Yet more than one third of the world’s countries have no laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work. We're asking U.S. leaders and governments worldwide to hear our message that the current situation for women in the
workplace is not working. 

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Issues - Gender and Empowerment - WEE

Women's Economic Empowerment

Around the globe, women are held back by discriminatory rules, behaviors and traditions that limit their opportunities and choices. Women’s economic empowerment, or the process by which women improve their lives and that of her family through access to economic resources, is critical for reducing poverty, achieving social and economic justice, and facilitating gender equality worldwide.  

Too often women are denied basic rights to financial services and skill-building to advance their own businesses. Furthermore, the contributions of women often go unpaid and unrecognized, underpinning the formal economy. CARE-supported savings programs like Village Savings and Loans Associations show that communities in poverty have the capacity to turn their lives around when women achieve economic empowerment.

On December 19, CARE Action and its advocates celebrated the passage of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act of 2018 in the House and the Senate.

Issues - Gender and Empowerment - Social Share

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