The poverty-fighting group CARE and
its partners have announced four unique commitments that will help connect
women and girls in the U.S. to women and girls in poor countries. The commitments
were announced Friday at the Clinton Global Initiative, in New York.
partners include Gap Inc, General Mills, Girl Scouts of the USA, Seventeen
Magazine, the Documentary Group and UPS.
“We have been
cooperating with the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) for several years and it’s
a wonderful platform to bring partners together to think about ways we can each
extend the work we do by forming greater partnership,” said Dr. Helene Gayle,
the president and Chief Executive Officer of CARE.
Dr. Gayle, who is also the Chair
of the presidential advisory council on HIV/AIDS, told VOA that CARE wouldn’t
do the work it does without the kinds of partners who come to CGI from corporations,
privates sector, government, and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
“With our partners we are
able to announce four unique commitments that will help further our work around
She said that for example,
the partnership between CARE and General Mills called ‘Join my village’, a collaboration
through online activities where people in the USA will have the opportunity to
unlock up to US$ 500,000 in donations from General Mills will help CARE in its
work to reach women/girls in approximately 75 villages in Malawi in Africa with
economic and educational opportunities.
Dr. Gayle said empowerment
of women and girls is important to society and crucial in development. “Our
mission is to eliminate extreme poverty and we know that the best way to do
that is by investing in women and girls. They are the ones that are most affected
and bear the brunt of poverty.”
She noted that it has been
proven that if you invest in women and girls you can create catalytic change in
“If you educate a woman or
provide economic opportunities through loans to start a business or
agricultural activities – these investments go beyond just a woman or girl; they go to change
families and communities and ultimately make huge changes to nations overall.”
Dr Gayle said it is
important for girls/women to get educated about the risks of HIV/AIDS, and to
make sure women/girls have the tools they need to keep them safe from the risk
of exposure to HIV/AIDS. “They should also be able to have access to services
such as treatment for those infected with HIV/AIDS.”
She said that HIV/AIDS is a big
problem, “In Africa 60% of new infections occur in women and girls. So,
increasingly this is an epidemic that is having a huge impact on women and
girls around the world.
It is important
that we give them the tools they need to keep safe but also make sure that they
have access to medication if they are infected.”
nearly 70 countries, CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women
because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole
families and entire communities escape poverty.
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