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Wal-Mart invests in women's empowerment


BENTONVILLE, Ark. The Wal-Mart Foundation announced a $25,000 donation to CARE's "Power Within" program at Wal-Mart's International Women's Day celebration held on March 13. The program specifically focuses on girls' education and leadership, helping more than 10 million girls complete primary school and develop leadership skills in 20 countries around the world.

"We applaud Wal-Mart's commitment to increasing awareness and support for women and girls in the developing world, and look forward to continuing to explore ways that we can combine our efforts to advance this important work," stated Helene D. Gayle, president and CEO, CARE. "This day shines a much needed and deserved spotlight on women in the developing world, inspiring us all through their amazing stories of strength and perseverance."

Throughout March, Wal-Mart is celebrating International Women's Day around the world by offering in-store promotional products for the female shopper, work/life balance seminars, healthcare workshops and women leadership forums.

Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart International, said, "At Wal-Mart, we are proud of the programs we have in place that develop our associates and help us better serve our customers. We are committed to supporting women and the organizations of importance to them."

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