Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World
On March 8, 2021, we stand with people around the world to recognize International Women’s Day, a day that honors the achievements of women and girls everywhere and calls on our global community to fight for equality.
This year’s International Women’s Day theme, Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World, celebrates the importance of women-led efforts to address the present global health crisis and the efforts to end gender-based inequalities. UN Women connects this theme to the mission of the Generation Equality campaign, which stresses that women’s participation in decision making is beneficial to all of society.
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The past year has introduced new, unforeseen challenges for the entire world amidst the global COVID-19 crisis — especially for women. And the response of women and girls has shown how essential women’s leadership and labor are in addressing the world’s greatest issues.
Women have the responsibility of providing for their family, yet often lack the support to do so. They are underpaid, undervalued and at risk of violence, which threatens a woman’s right to success and the well-being of her family — the basis of all communities. The pandemic has demonstrated that we have yet to overcome these inequalities despite efforts to establish equal rights and access to resources such as education and healthcare. Women’s involvement in community development and government leadership can alleviate the harmful effects of these disproportionate pressures on women.
We at The Hunger Project prioritize empowered women as the central driver in communities as they work to access the resources needed to end their own hunger and we are committed to placing women at the forefront of community development.
What we do.
- In India, The Hunger Project builds leadership skills among women who have been systematically denied information, freedom of motion and a voice in decision making. We support the women electorate, encouraging voter participation among women and the election of women leaders to all panchayat (village council) seats.
- At our epicenters across Africa, tens of thousands of women food farmers are increasing their incomes and strengthening their clout in the marketplace through our Microfinance Program, training, credit and savings program. Our Women’s Empowerment Program throughout Africa (and specialized animator trainings worldwide) encourage women to seek positions of leadership and train all of our partners, women and men, to take responsibility for improving lives in their communities.
- In Mexico, we work with rural and marginalized communities. The first step is always to engage in Vision, Commitment and Action Workshops to overcome mindsets of resignation and gender inequality in areas where women face the double discrimination of being women and indigenous.
- In Bangladesh, programs like our Safe School for Girls Campaign work with students, teachers, parents and local communities to stop child marriages and promote opportunities for girls. Since the program’s launch, more than 25,000 people have been trained in Safe School for Girls workshops.
- And, to support us achieving the most impact possible, our Women’s Empowerment Index is designed to measure progress in the multi-dimensional aspects of women’s empowerment, which better informs and improves empowerment programs.
- As Secretariat of the Movement for Community-led Development (CLD), we leverage partnerships with like-minded organizations around the world to take community-led development to “transformative scale” – beyond small projects, to a level that transforms society.