Women's Economic Empowerment
The bipartisan Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 will be taken up by Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.
This important bill boosts women's economic empowerment by creating policy to reduce gender inequalities and remove legal and social barriers to women's economic empowerment. CARE Action advocates have been critical to our success seeing this bill through in Congress to be signed into law.
Women on the Move
CARE pioneered the Village Savings and Loan Association model in 1991 in Niger. Today, more than 200,000 CARE VSLAs have empowered 5 million people — most of whom are women — to improve their lives through financial freedom.
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Stories of Change
In countries around the globe, earning a living requires more than just hard work. It also requires equal access to and control over economic resources, assets, and opportunities — a right that's often rare for women.
Read success stories of CARE's women's economic empowerment work in the field.
"Before it was hard to express our opinions to men. We couldn't even speak to people because we were shy and didn't know our rights. Now we are equal."
- Rebecca Nankwanga, Members of Dhibula-Atyaime Village Savings Group, Luwuka
Standing for Rights and Dignity in the Workplace
From domestic workers in Ecuador to factory workers in Cambodia, women everywhere are fighting for safety and respect in the world of work. Women face harassment, discrimination, and disparity in pay that limits their ability to grow economically and socially.
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The impact of women's economic empowerment is far-reaching. U.S. government investments in women abroad catalyze broader development for communities and nations, igniting stability and productivity and making America and our allies stronger.