As part of the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) taking place at United Nations Headquarters on March 12-23, 2018, The Hunger Project is currently leading an international delegation of community-level trainers, advocates and women activists from Hunger Project offices around the world, highlighting the achievements of rural women and girls worldwide. This year’s delegation is the largest ever led by The Hunger Project.
The focus during this CSW session is on the empowerment of rural women and girls and on their challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality. As a women-centered, community-focused organization with a 40-year track record of mobilizing and empowering rural communities, The Hunger Project and its delegation will highlight the central role played by women in ending hunger and poverty and the importance of scaling up community-led development across Africa, South Asia and Latin America.
The Hunger Project’s delegation includes staff and community-level trainers from The Hunger Project-Ghana, The Hunger Project-India and The Hunger Project-Mexico. The group is highlighting highlight women’s unique contributions to global efforts to end hunger and poverty, calling on governments and international organizations to set policies in place that empower rural women, girls and youth who are taking the lead in creating their own change.
“Rural women and girls have suffered the most from entrenched patriarchy, yet today they are rising up with unprecedented force to lead the way to a more just society,” said The Hunger Project’s Executive Vice President, John Coonrod. “CSW62 is a historic opportunity for all of us who stand with them. I’m proud that our Hunger Project delegation from around the world demonstrates the courage, solidarity and strategic focus required at this pivotal moment in human history.”
Rural women often face several challenges in achieving their vision of a prosperous and self-reliant future for themselves and their families. They are often subject to harmful practices such as child marriage or are deprived of their rights, including the right to live free of violence, to land and productive assets, food security, healthy nutrition, education, health and access to reproductive services.
The Hunger Project supports rural women, who are the community leaders and primary caregivers of their families. In addition to working the land, they also support their families, promote the food security of their children and entire communities and actively contribute to the wealth of their countries.
The Commission on the Status of Women is the man global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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