Rural women and girls around the world are the backbone of society.
Yet they account for the majority of the people living with chronic hunger in our world. At The Hunger Project, we believe that empowered women are key change agents in creating a world without hunger. That’s why all of our work starts with women. 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.
Mobilize Indigenous Leaders
In India, we provide skill development workshops tailored for women who have consistently been deprived of information, mobility and the opportunity to have a say in decision-making processes. Our efforts go hand in hand with female constituents, where we actively promote women’s participation in the electoral process and advocate for the election of female leaders to all positions within the panchayat (village council).
In Bangladesh, we have implemented the Unleashed Women’s Network, where over 12,000 women leaders are educated on a comprehensive set of gender issues. These leaders are uniquely equipped to be welcomed into conservative rural households and hold sensitive conversations about a woman’s role in society.
Elevating Girls' Leadership
Early marriage is one of the biggest risks for the health and well-being of rural girls around the world. Early marriage often leads to to early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupted schooling, and limited opportunities for career and vocational advancement. These are all underlying factors of chronic hunger. So, in India, Bangladesh, and Mexico we work with girls and women to end the culture of early marraige in their communities.
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Top Image: Fati from Burkina Faso, 2022. Photo taken for The Hunger Project by What Took You So Long
Collage Image (Top Left to Bottom Right): Uganda (2019), India (2022), Ethiopia (2019), Mozambique (2022), Bangladesh (2019), Ethiopia (2019), Mozambique (2022), Mozambique (2022), Ethiopia (2019), Mexico (2019), Bangladesh (2022), Burkina Faso (2022), Bangladesh (2021), Uganda (2022), India (2020), Mexico (2019), India (2022), India (2019), Bangladesh (2021), Ghana (2019).