Women & Children

Women and children are often the most vulnerable in the world’s poorest countries, but they are also the potential drivers of lasting change. Concern focuses on their needs.


Women and children too often bear the brunt of poverty around the world. Concern knows we can’t address extreme poverty without focusing on their needs.

Some three billion people worldwide live on less than $2.50 a day, and 70 percent of them are women, many the backbones of their families and communities. Millions of women also face discrimination and abuse, and are denied access to education, health care, land rights, and economic opportunities — all because they are female. To effectively fight extreme poverty, we must tackle gender inequality.

Vulnerable children also need extra help to survive and thrive. Every year, 3.5 million children die due to malnutrition, while millions more suffer the devastating effects of hunger and poor nutrition. Concern believes the loss and suffering caused by hunger are utterly unacceptable in our time. We also believe education is a basic human right and critically important to lifting children out of poverty. We focus our work in primary schools, ensuring children learn foundational skills to be successful.

We believe that transforming the lives of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable women and children is the key that will unlock the potential for lasting change.