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Women's Economic Empowerment

Around the world, women and girls in conflict areas are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. They make up the majority of the world’s poorest people. In all regions of the world women spend at least twice as much time as men on unpaid domestic work but are often not allowed to make decisions within the household.  Poverty cannot be overcome until all people have equal rights and opportunities. Women from the poorest communities worldwide reveal enormous potential.  Despite difficult circumstances, they are able to successfully change their own future, and those of their family.

When women have access to the right skills and tools, and tap into their inner strength, they take on leadership roles and often become successful entrepreneurs, regardless of background. They then go on to invest a higher portion of their earnings in their families and communities than men do. When women benefit, everyone benefits. CARE implements programmes supporting women to thrive.

WEF: Invest in fair opportunities for women entrepreneurs

According to the World Economic Forum's annual Global Gender Gap Report, it will take 257 years before there is economic equality between men and women. This month their…

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Women’s access to finance: no collateral

Using a basic bank account is beyond the reach of almost one billion women worldwide. In Jordan recently I met Sawsan, who runs her own sewing workshop with…

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Access to finance for female entrepreneurs

Kick-off event pushes agenda on access to finance for female entrepreneurs in emerging markets Access to finance is one of the major barriers for female entrepreneurs in emerging…

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The importance of telecommunications for women entrepreneurs

On World Telecommunication Day (17th May) we are raising awareness about the importance of telecommunications for women entrepreneurs. Telecoms has a strong connection with CARE's current Access Approved campaign…

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Access to finance for women entrepreneurs

In the world’s poorest communities, lack of access to finance is one of many barriers that prevent women from participating as equals with men in society. Lack of…

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Women on the move: annual report 2018

Women on the Move is a CARE regional strategy to mobilise savings groups in West Africa, so that women and girls can assert their basic economic and social…

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The ‘Women for Women’ project

'Transformational. Collaborative. Inspirational. These are some of the words used to describe the ‘Women for Women’ project that we ran from 2015-2018, generously funded by H&M Foundation.' This…

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How VSLAs were central to success

A global success - In 1991, CARE harnessed the ancient practice of group savings in a new concept called the Village Savings & Loans Associations (VSLA). This programme…

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Interviewing Ato Awel Mahmud & Ato Asmamaw Degu

Throughout the 'Women for Women' project in Ethiopia CARE and MCDP have worked closely with the Addis Ababa City Administration. They have played a vital role through opening up…

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Interviewing Henok Laike (DOT)

Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) was CARE’s training partner for the 'Women for Women' project in Ethiopia. They were responsible for delivering three levels of training for the women,…

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