Many women and girls living in the world’s poorest countries must walk an average of four miles every day to collect clean water, food, and other necessities that they and their families need in order to survive. This obligation often prevents them from getting an education, a career and income, and independence.
Participants in CARE’s Walk in Her Shoes campaign, running from now until March 14, will walk in solidarity with these women in an effort to raise awareness and funds for women in poverty across the globe. Participants in the virtual campaign, including individual fundraisers and teams, have pledged to walk 10,000 steps for seven consecutive days to raise funds for CARE programs that create new opportunities and support women and girls living in developing countries.
As of this writing, the campaign, which began on March 8, International Women’s Day, has raised $389,242. Participants in the campaign are posting their progress on social media with the hashtag #WALKINHERSHOES.
CARE is humanitarian organization dedicated to ending global poverty. According to the website, the international organization, which operates in 94 countries, delivers emergency relief and works to support more than 1000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian-aid projects in the poorest countries in the world. CARE particularly focuses on empowering women and girls, and promoting gender equality as a means to fight poverty.