100&Change: 2020

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE)

PowerUp: Eliminating Violence Against Women in Africa's Great Lakes

PowerUp will reach 13 million people across Africa’s Great Lakes, reducing Violence against Women for millions by increasing women’s economic opportunity and changing gender norms.

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Two-page overview of proposal
Competition Participation
100&Change: 2020
Gender equality
Current Work Location(s):
  • Province du Nord-Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Southern Province, Rwanda
  • Northern Region, Uganda
  • Gitega Province, Burundi
  • Western Province, Rwanda
  • Muyinga Province, Burundi
  • Northern Region, Uganda
  • Karuzi Province, Burundi
  • Eastern Province, Rwanda
  • South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Priority Populations:
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Victims and oppressed people
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
  • 1. No poverty
  • 3. Good health and well-being
  • 5. Gender equality
  • 8. Decent work and economic growth
  • 10. Reduced inequalities
  • 16. Peace, justice and strong institutions

Executive Summary:

Never before has the world been so united in rejecting violence against women. Yet, even as #metoo and #timesup galvanize global commitment and the evidence of what works grows, progress remains elusive for women across Sub-Saharan Africa. CARE’s PowerUp program will change that, engaging 13 million people across Africa’s Great Lakes region, enabling millions of women and girls to live lives free from domestic violence and accelerating regional momentum. The program’s unique power comes from advancing women’s economic empowerment through sustainable, self-replicating savings groups while also engaging couples and communities in activism that rejects violence against women and girls. Already proven to reduce rates of violence by 55% in Rwanda, PowerUp will scale this approach by activating CARE’s existing regional network of 2.2 million savings group members, leverage media and technology to empower local change agents, partner with world-class non-profits and work with public and private initiatives to institutionalize change.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, Inc. (CARE)

website: https://www.care.org/
Organization Headquarters
Fulton County, Georgia, United States
Organization ID
Annual Operating Budget
$500 Million to $1 Billion
Number of Full-time Employees
> 1,000

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