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.

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14-08-2018

Collective Power

‘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 is how Reintje van Haeringen (Chief Executive, CARE Netherlands) describes the Collective Power report, which was published this...

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14-08-2018

Interview with… 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, ranging from basic through to more advanced. DOT is an international non-profit organisation with specialist experience in micro...

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14-08-2018

Capital Growth

Most low-income women don’t know where to go for loans, how to save or simply have limited understanding about the benefits of saving. Through Village Savings & Loans Associations and the basic business training, the ‘Women for Women’ project gave participants the financial grounding they...

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26-03-2018

‘The world needs to work for women’

Financial inclusion has been on the agenda of CARE for many years. In that context we participated in the Power of Partnerships event on March 12 organised by Dutch Development Bank FMO, Better Future and the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. Women entrepreneurs, financial institutions, women business networks, NGOs...

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13-03-2017

From Necessity to Opportunity

The Global report offers a conclusive overview of the first phase of “Strengthening Women – a Catalyst for Positive Change!”, an initiative by CARE and the H&M Foundation. The program was implemented to empower women economically by supporting women in their income-generating activities and enabling...

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