CARE International UK (CARE) works around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty and achieve social justice. The charity puts women and girls in the centre because it knows that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. Its programmes and its policy work tackle the underlying causes of poverty so that people can become self-sufficient.

Our players have provided £900,000 to support a number of amazing initiatives undertaken by CARE International UK.

#March4Women

#March4Women is CARE's annual International Women's Day event. The #March4Women is a global movement for gender equality, for anyone and everyone who wants to see a more equal world. Held prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, this year's event focused on the message, 'No Climate Justice without Gender Justice'.

As part of #March4Women, CARE hosted Hilda Nakabuye, a climate activist and founder of Fridays for Future Uganda. Hilda spoke at the #March4Women opening rally at the Royal Festival Hall, which was part of the WOW Festival. CARE also facilitated several advocacy meetings for Hilda to meet with UK Government and sector colleagues to outline her priorities for climate action.

Advocacy

After the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, CARE released it's 'Where are the Women?' report on the absence of women leaders globally in decision-making around COVID-19. The pandemic is disproportionately affecting women and girls. This makes it all the more important that their voices are equally included in the decision-making spaces and processes where responses are formed. CARE's research found that where women do have higher levels of leadership, governments are more likely to be responding to the crisis in a way that supports gender equality.

Shelter

Our players also fund CARE's Shelter Team, which provides technical support to CARE country offices during humanitarian emergencies.

CARE is providing shelter support to Syrian refugees and the host community in Gaziantep, Turkey and the surrounding region. Turkey is currently home to the highest number of refugees in the world, with 3.6 million people from Syria. CARE's work in Turkey focuses on addressing poor housing conditions and improving safety, dignity and privacy for vulnerable refugees and host community.

Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery has helped cover the cost of shelter experts, who have assessed whether centres are suitable for the number of displaced people living there.

In April this year, Cyclone Harold hit Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga, flattening buildings, damaging infrastructure, cutting power and causing severe flooding. CARE's Shelter Team provided remote technical support and helped to secure funding for a six-month project to rebuild shelters and strengthen community resilience so that those affected are better equipped to deal with future natural hazards.

Right now, millions of lives are at stake as COVID-19 hits refugee camps and war-torn countries like Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, and the DRC. For people living in places like the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, the spread of COVID-19 could have devastating consequences. This is why CARE has launched a new emergency appeal to the UK public.

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As part of #March4Women, CARE International UK hosted Hilda Nakabuye, a climate activist and founder of Fridays for Future Uganda