CRC Attends CARE National Conference to bring awareness and action to global poverty and women empowerment.
Early last week, CRC gathered with thousands of citizen advocates, corporate partners, philanthropists, Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Washington D.C. for the 15th convening of the Care National Conference. CRC along with CARE supporters and constituents, heard directly from global development experts and leaders involved in combating global poverty. Together, they channeled their energy into productive action and raised their collective voices to bring awareness and action to empowering women and girls in the poorest communities around the world.
CARE is leading the worldwide movement to end global poverty with the overall mission to save lives and achieve social justice. With government funding for humanitarian aid programs at risk, CARE is calling everyone to action to fight for social justice. CARE believes poverty is an injustice, poverty is savable, and that together we have the power to end it. For good.
CARE kicked off its conference with an Opening Plenary featuring inspirational speakers and performances to present the conference theme “Now More than Ever” and the “CARE Deliver Lasting Change Award”. Syrian violinist, Mariela Shaker, captivated the audience by talking about her childhood as she fled Syrian warfare before immigrating to the U.S. to pursue her musical talent. Still in a state of perpetual fear for her friends and family still suffering in Syria, Mariela has high hopes that she will one day reunite with them.Humanitarian coordinator for CARE, Bushra Aldukhainah, took a stand and talked about her courageous escape from the civil war in Yemen. Her story and call to action to work together to achieve global opportunity was responded by CARE president and CEO Michelle Nunn who emphasized the importance to help girls and women who have been so long forcibly silenced.
The conference was then brought to an open panel discussion with leading voices, Barbara Pierce Bush, Musimbi Kanvoro, Amani Al-Khatahtbet, Chelsea Clinton, Katie Meyler, and Elaine Chaor to stress the importance of speaking up as humanitarian leaders.
The first day was brought to a close with a formal ceremony awarding CARE’s first Multiplying Impact Award to Salimata Dagnoko for founding 200 Village Savings and Loan Association groups in her home country of Cote d’Ivoire. As a child bride, Salimata achieved personal and financial independence and continued to foster transformation for women and girls in Cote D’Ivoire. Her exemplary accomplishments are an inspiration to girls and women in their fight to achieve equal opportunity.
The second day of the CARE National Conference kicked off the official CARE training day. Legislative briefings covering Food and Nutrition Security, Foreign Aid Cuts, National Security Threats, and Sexual and Reproductive Health were expressed to encourage attendees to communicate the importance of foreign assistance to Congress. The debate included Stephen Cote, staff director, U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Rules and executive director, Rachel Leman as they discussed the proper methods in receiving social justice and the moral obligation that citizens have to save Foreign Aid. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adminstation, Michael Mullen, and former Under Secretary of Defense and co-founder of the Center of a New American Security, Michele Flournoy, discuss the view that elevating and strengthening diplomacy and development alongside defense are critical to keeping America safe.
On the final day of the conference, participants were able to arrange meetings with members of Congress and Congressional staffers to discuss the implementation of legislation as well as advocacy tactics they had retained from the CNC trainings. To commemorate their experience at the CARE National Conference, a photo opp took place on Capitol Hill, reflecting all of the faces of the people who wish to change the world for women and girls. For good.