Our Work

Women at the centre of all we do

Our story first began in 1945, when we delivered CARE Packages ℠ containing essential items to Europe after the Second World War.

Over the years, as the world has changed so have we. From once providing to today investing in women’s leadership, we’ve come a long way in our mission to save lives, fight poverty and achieve social justice. 

If everyone, everywhere experienced poverty and crisis the same way, then we wouldn’t need to focus on women and girls in all that we do. But we all know this is not the case. 

In many parts of the world, women and girls still do not have equal representation, rights, access to resources, and opportunities to lead. In Canada, women are still not equally represented in positions of power, and women on average make $0.89 for every dollar earned by men (Statistics Canada).

At CARE, we work alongside communities around the world to break down barriers that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential and achieving their dreams. Very often our staff in more than 100 countries are from the countries they are working in, and we proudly partner with local groups and organizations who know best what their communities need. This creates an impact that lasts for generations. 

While our work is focused on women’s health, safety, livelihoods, emergency response and advocacy, a lot of what we do intersects across areas and projects. Supporting women’s safety is crucial in all aspects of our work. Advocating for women’s rights, leadership and gender equality is key in all we do.

Find out more about our work—and how you can invest in women and help build a better world for us all!