Why Women and Girls

Why does CARE Canada focus on women and girls?

Our experience shows us that, when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.

There are two key reasons why we work with women and girls:

Women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. Lack of education for girls contributes to early marriage, higher birth rates, and lower income. Discriminatory laws prohibit women from owning or inheriting property, holding bank accounts, or prosecuting abusers. 

Girls face the greatest risk, as they often have no choice but to leave school so they can help their family earn money, find food, look after younger siblings, collect water, and run the household while their parents work.

Women and girls are an important part of the solutions needed to truly overcome poverty. Women tend to transfer improvements in their own lives into the lives of their children, families and communities. To ensure this happens, we promote savings and provide women with small loans so they can turn their talents into businesses.

We work with both women and men to create more equitable relations. We work to enable more girls and boys to attend school, and receive a better quality education when they get there.

What the numbers tell us:

  • For every year a girl spends in school she raises her family income by up to 20 per cent
  • Educated girls grow into educated women, who have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children
  • When a girl in the developing world receives seven years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children
  • Engaging men, boys, girls, and women can transform gender roles and increase gender equality


Stopping Violence Against Women
Globally, one in three women will be raped, beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. It doesn't have to be this way.




Better Maternal and Child Health
Want to help a community lift itself from poverty? Start with the mothers.




Healthy Food and Nutrition
Women are central to CARE’s food and nutrition approach. Learn more.




Responding to Crisis
Women and girls are particularly vulnerable during an emergency. CARE ensures their security, food and health needs are met.




Economic Opportunities
Invest in women and girls, empower the future.