At its root, poverty exists because of inequality, meaning that:
- women don't have the same rights and opportunities as men
- marginalized communities don't have the same rights and opportunities as power-holders
- one country doesn't have the same rights and opportunities as another.
Social justice exists when all people, everywhere in the world, have the right to a life free from poverty, violence, discrimination or human rights violations. We influence those in power, such as governments, leaders and organizations to learn more about the effects of inequality and take action for a more equal world.
Women in crisis
While women and girls face great risk in times of crisis, they also have potential to lead. We work with humanitarian groups, lawmakers, and governments to ensure that women’s rights, gender equality, and local women are at the heart of humanitarian response.
Climate change has devastating consequences for those least responsible and could push an additional 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030. CARE calls for action to help those facing climate change today to be better prepared to adapt to the impact of severe weather, shifting rain patterns, and drought.
More than one third of the world’s countries have no laws prohibiting sexual harassment at work, leaving nearly 235 million women vulnerable in the workplace. CARE calls for Canada to lead in the adoption of an International Labour Organization Convention that addresses gender-based violence.