Women's Empowerment

The majority of the world's poorest billion people are women and girls with the share of women employed outside of agriculture remains as low as 20 percent in Southern Asia.

Around Bangladesh, it is women and girls who are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. Often, women and girls are not allowed to make decisions about their household's income, or tradition and culture forbid them to leave their homes. In other words, half of the population cannot contribute to their family's and community's economic development. A great resource goes untapped. But women are an important part of the solutions needed to truly overcome poverty. They play a key role in navigating their family and their community to a better life.

Our experience shows us that when equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help their families and entire communities escape poverty. When women earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of it in their families while for every year a girl spends in school she raises her family income by up to 20 percent. Additionally, educated girls grow into educated women, who have healthier babies and are more likely to educate their children. It's a simple formula: empowerment is the total sum of changes needed for a woman to realize her full human rights. Empowerment is not just about giving women training or a loan. Empowerment is more than that. It means that relationships and social structures that shape the lives of women and girls must change.

Women's empowerment can only be achieved when we include men and boys. Men are often those who define and keep women within their boundaries. But when we engage with them they realize that their wives' empowerment benefits the whole family. Promoting gender equality and empowering women is the key to lifting entire families out of poverty - and it defines our programs worldwide. CARE Bangladesh is focused on women exercising greater choice in decisions affecting their lives; reduced violence against women: and the emergence of strong social movements built on women's solidarity and participation of men.


Publication Date Publication Title Details
Nov 10, 2016 SITUATION ANALYSIS ON FINANCIAL INCLUSION FOR FEMALE RMG WORKERS View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Tobuo Swapno Dekhi, A Toolkit of SEEMA PLA View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Exploring The Psychosocial Wellbeing of Sex Workers & Garments Workers Under Solidarity and Empowerment through Education, Motivation and Awareness (SEEMA) Project View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Review of EXISTING LAWS AND POLICIES RELATING TO SEX WORKERS IN BANGLADESH View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Emerging leaders: towards achieving the rights and entitlements of sex workers - SEEMA PROJECT, April 2014 View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Functional literacy: paving way towards the equal rights of sex workers - SEEMA PROJECT, April 2014 View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Psychosocial well being: A step towards the empowerment of sex workers - SEEMA PROJECT, April 2014 View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Reflection on Leadership Training With Female Garment Workers - SEEMA PROJECT, May 2014 View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Significance of Skill Development Training: A Reflection - SEEMA PROJECT, May 2014 View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Reflection on Solidarity Building Initiatives for Female Garment Workers - SEEMA PROJECT, May 2014 View Details
Dec 4, 2014 Thematic Study to Assess and Understand the Positive Changes of the Sex Workers through SEEMA Project View Details
Jul 14, 2014 Child Marriage: Digging Up the Roots to Replant the Future - TIPPING POINT View Details
Jul 14, 2014 Ending Child Marriage IN A GENERATION, MEDIA TREND ANALYSIS 2008-2013 View Details
Oct 23, 2013 CARE Pathways to Empowerment BASELINE SUMMARY REPORT View Details
Mar 25, 2013 Reaching new heights: An unprecedented study measuring women’s empowerment View Details
Feb 10, 2013 STRATEGIC IMPACT INQUIRY: CARE BANGLADESH - Nijeder Janyia Nijera (We for Ourselves) View Details
Feb 9, 2013 Engaging Men Initiative Brochure View Details
Oct 7, 2012 Experience of working with men to prevent domestic violence - The Cost of Violence Against Women (COVAW) Initiative View Details
Oct 7, 2012 The Cost of Violence Against Women (COVAW) Initiative – a summary of the impact and learning from CARE Bangladesh View Details
Oct 7, 2012 SUMMARY OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: COST TO THE NATION REPORT View Details
Oct 7, 2012 Synopsis of Cost of Violence Against Women Initiative Products -The Cost of Violence Against Women (COVAW) Initiative View Details
Oct 7, 2012 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINEST WOMEN - COST TO THE NATION View Details
Oct 7, 2012 Understanding the Monetary Cost of Domestic Violence View Details
Jun 7, 2012 CARE Emergence of Natural Leaders in the Botlagari Union of Bangladesh: A Catalyst For Changing the Lives of Poor Women and Their Communities - CARE International UK PPA Life Changes Case Study View Details
Feb 1, 2011 Transforming Men - Shifting Gender Relations: An Exploration into COVAW's Experience of Working with Men to Reduce Domestic Violence View Details
Feb 7, 2010 Women’s Empowerment Thematic Review - Prepared for SHOUHARDO of CARE Bangladesh View Details
Jan 19, 2010 Introduction to Strategic Impact Inquiry on Women's Empowerment - CARE Bangladesh View Details
Jan 19, 2010 Summary Report - The Rural Maintenance Program: A Cash for Work Program View Details
Jan 19, 2010 Summary Report - Partnership for Healthy Life (PHL): Violence Against Women Initiative (VAW) View Details
Jan 19, 2010 Summary Report - Nijeder Janya Nijera - We for Ourselves View Details
Jan 19, 2010 Brief on Methods of Strategic Impact Inquiry CARE Bangladesh View Details
Jan 19, 2010 Women's Empowerment: Strategic Impact Inquiry Research Summary, Bangladesh View Details
Jan 3, 2010 Political Culture, Shalish, and Gender Relations in Dinajpur, Sunamganj and Tangail, A Context Analysis for CARE Bangladesh: Cost of Violence Against Women View Details
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