The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is the most critical element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Wherever we work, our programmes aim to support women and build their capacity.
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Women are the Key to Ending Hunger
Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfil this responsibility.
The vast majority of the world’s poor are women. Of those that cannot read or write, two-thirds are female. Of the millions of school age children not in school, the majority are girls. And today, HIV/AIDS is rapidly becoming a woman’s disease. In several southern African countries, more than three-quarters of all young people living with HIV are women.
The current world food price crisis is having a severe impact on women. Around the world, millions of people eat two or three times a day, but a significant percentage of women eat only once. And, now, many women are denying themselves even that one meal to ensure that their children are fed. These women are already suffering the effects of even more severe malnutrition, which inevitably will be their children’s fate as well. The impact of this crisis will be with us for many years.
Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.
By empowering women as the key change agents in rural communities, over 35 million people in 11 countries now have the opportunity to move from abject poverty to self-reliance. For example:
- By providing women food farmers affordable access to credit, adequate training and instilling in them the importance of saving, The Hunger Project’s Microfinance Programme enables women to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes and invest in their families and communities. There are now 30,000 rural women actively accessing financial services as part of our Microfinance Programme.
- More than 980,000 people have taken the HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop, in which they not only learn the facts of AIDS, but also confront and transform the gender-based behaviors that fuel the pandemic.
- In India, more than 78,000 women, who are elected to their local councils, have participated in our Women’s Leadership Workshop to be effective change agents in their villages. They are forming federations to ensure that their voices are heard at all levels of government.
- In Mexico and Peru, indigenous women are reclaiming the dignity of their culture, becoming literate, forming income-earning enterprises, and bringing their traditional wisdom to key public policy debates such as climate change.
- In Bangladesh, The Hunger Project catalysed the formation of a 300-organisation alliance that organises more than 800 events across the country each September in honour of National Girl Child Day, a day to focus on eradicating all forms of discrimination against girl children.
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