Gender equality is CARE’s central organising principle. We cannot achieve women’s economic justice, climate justice, health equity, the right to food, water, and nutrition, or equal access to humanitarian assistance without addressing gender inequality.
Gender remains one of the most fundamental sources of inequality in the world today. Across nearly every country, women earn a fraction of men’s incomes, and trans/non-binary people are disproportionately impacted by poverty and denial of fundamental rights.
Globally, around one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence, most often at the hands of an intimate partner. Gender-based discrimination fuels food insecurity, safety risks, and exclusion from life-saving services and opportunities. More than 60% of the world’s hungry are women and girls, but women and girls disproportionately bear the burden of meeting their families’ food and care needs.
As well as underpinning everything that we do, CARE’s gender equality work focuses on improving the rights of women, girls, and marginalised groups in three key areas:
Meet a ‘womanitarian’: Abeba - "Stand on the side of Tigrayan women"
In her work at the Women’s Association of Tigray (WAT), Abeba Hailesilassie helps to support survivors of gender-based violence and promotes women’s leadership in decision-making.
Zemzem’s story – VSLA member, entrepreneur and farmer: “Now I see what I am capable of”
Zemzem tells of how joining a Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) through CARE’s Livelihoods for Resilience project has helped her find a path through the crisis in Ethiopia.
A woman with a wrench? ‘Why not?’ asks Ra’edah
Arranging for a plumber to come round isn't always easy in Jordan, as many women cannot be alone with a male, non-family member. Ra-edah's come up with a solution - she's blazing the trail as a female plumber.