Women's Economic Empowerment
Success in Congress!
On December 19, the Women's Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 passed in the House and Senate thanks to the hard work and dedication of thousands of CARE Action advocates.
This important and bipartisan bill prioritizes women’s economic empowerment around the world and equips communities with the tools and resources for women to achieve financial independence.
CARE urges Congress and the administration to use the WEEE Act as a starting point for broader work that will empower women globally, including improving their access to comprehensive health services and addressing gender-based violence, two issues that hold women back from economic empowerment everywhere.
In light of this landmark bill, we urge the Administration to support a robust international affairs budget in order to fully fund the WEEE Act while maintaining current resources for other critical activities.
Did You Know?
Standing for Rights and Dignity in the Workplace
Women face harassment, discrimination, and disparity in pay that limits their ability to grow economically and socially. From domestic workers in Ecuador to factory workers in Cambodia, women everywhere are fighting for safety and respect in the world of work.
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
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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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.