CARE is a global aid organization that works for women's rights. Equality is both an important goal in itself and the most effective way of reducing poverty.
Their most important method of combating poverty is savings and loan groups. This is a form of microfinance that was developed by CARE 25 years ago, now used by other organizations worldwide. The groups allow poor people to change their lives and the communities they live in through their own efforts.
In addition to providing for lasting change, CARE provides vital relief to people affected by natural disasters and conflicts. They also provide a kind of help that strengthens their ability to cope with themselves so that they do not rely on future assistance.
How do they work
They have 70 years of experience with poverty reduction.
They are working on this:
Increased financial security: When women and girls have bigger and more stable income, they are better equipped to handle difficult situations such as health problems, pregnancy or increased food prices. Through CARE's savings and loan groups, they have access to basic financial services, knowledge of rights, reading, writing and calculation, as well as training in business skills. Such knowledge also makes women better qualified to participate in more formalized work life and to safeguard their rights.
Education for girls and women: They want to remove all barriers to girls' access to education, so girls and boys have equal opportunities to develop their abilities. At the same time, they give adult women without education the opportunity to learn to read, write and calculate. This is crucial to their ability to achieve real political influence, to succeed in working life and to facilitate children's education.
Prevent disasters: Climate change and natural disasters threaten to reverse much of the progress that has been made in the fight against poverty. Prevention of humanitarian disasters is about mapping hazards and helping poor people reduce their vulnerability. This saves more lives and costs less than relief. Women's knowledge about agriculture and nature management is a huge unused resource in this effort.
Women's political participation: Women and girls must be able to participate in equal terms with men in decisions at all levels, both in politics, in the workplace and in the local community. Through CARE, they get knowledge of leadership and how they can affect their own authorities or businesses about things that can improve their life situation. They help them to organize and build social movements so that they can claim their rights.
Combat Gender-Based Violence : CARE is working to change attitudes that violence against women and girls is acceptable. They not only consider sexual abuse and other physical abuse but also social and psychological forms of violence such as threats, humiliations, exclusion from the household economy or forced isolation from friends and family. CARE also works to prevent violence in crisis situations and support victims of violence. They cooperate closely with local grassroots movements to strengthen their ability to hold their own authorities responsible for preventing and protecting the population from gender-based violence.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights: They want to ensure women and girls the right to self-determine their own body. Several hundred thousand women die each year of complications associated with pregnancy - many of them because they were poisoned as a child before the body is able to handle a pregnancy. CARE works for women to have access to good health care during pregnancy, childbirth and during the child's first year of life.
Humanitarian Aid: CARE's long-term presence in more than 80 countries makes it possible to provide relief in a way that also helps to promote long-term development. In addition to assisting with food, water, shelter and healthcare, they are concerned that all people, regardless of gender or age, will meet their different needs and have the opportunity to influence the support they receive. For girls and women it is especially important to be protected from violence and sexual abuse in crisis situations.See more