The Washington Weekly – October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

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The Hunger Project’s Executive VP, John Coonrod, has moved from New York City to Washington, DC to strengthen THP’s seat at the table of international development. Each week, John sends us insight into issues of health, policy, human rights and more by way of the Washington Weekly.

THP-Malawi Country Director Hosted by CHANGE in DC

01_03_00-Kaotcha-smThe Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) has brought our Malawi Country Director Rowlands Koatcha to Washington, D.C. to meet with Senators and advocate for women’s reproductive rights. THP-DC will also host Rowlands at a presentation at InterAction tomorrow to brief members of the development community on the epicenter strategy in Malawi.

MDG 1 Within Reach: 1 in 8 Are Hungry

The 2012 State of Food Insecurity (SOFI) Report has been released in the run-up to World Food Day and the annual meeting of the Committee on Food Security. SOFI is the definitive source for numbers related to world hunger.

The report states: “nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. The global number of hungry people declined by 132 million between 1990-92 and 2010-12, or from 18.6 percent to 12.5 percent of the world’s population, and from 23.2 percent to 14.9 percent in developing countries – putting the MDG target within reach if adequate, appropriate actions are taken.”

Read summaries and the full report here.

Gordon Brown’s Report on Child Marriage

Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister recently named as the UN Secretary-General’s special envoy on education, has just released a new report in the run-up to the UN’s first International Day of the Girl: “Out of wedlock, into school: combating child marriage through education.”

Brown writes, “Early marriage is a hidden crisis. Because the victims are overwhelmingly young, poor and female, their voices are seldom heard by governments. Their concerns do not register on the agendas of global summits. But early marriage is destroying human potential and reinforcing gender inequalities on a global scale. It jeopardizes education, is harmful to health and turns millions of girls into second class citizens, locking them and their children into cycles of poverty. Getting girls into school, keeping them there, and ensuring that they receive a decent quality education is one of the most effective ways of breaking that cycle.”

The report calls for a global summit on the issue before the end of 2012, national strategies including national dialogues for changing attitudes, “tipping point” policies to ensure girls make it through the critical years of 13-14 without dropping out, and reform of the international aid architecture in education.

Reminder: Two Big Days Ahead!

Join The Hunger Project in the first International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2012. We are thrilled with the United Nations’ recognition of this important day to raise awareness about the rights of girl children so we can put an end to the discrimination that leads to girls eating last and least, being forced into early marriage and dropping out of school.

When girls have the opportunity to be educated and healthy, society as a whole benefits. Together, let’s support girls in reaching their potential and growing into powerful leaders who will create a new future for their families, communities, countries and our world. Facts, resources, videos, and what YOU can do to get involved at www.thp.org/day-of-the-girl-2012.

Several organizations, including The Hunger Project, have joined together and undertaken efforts to make this year’s World Food Day more wide reaching and collaborative than ever before! In light of 2012 being the International Year of Cooperatives, this year’s World Food Day theme is: Agricultural Cooperatives – The key to feeding the world.

Learn more about how you can take part in World Food Day and let us know if you’re planning an event!

New Publications: Get Your Infographics Here!

Coming soon! THP’s International Day of the Girl Infographic (available here Oct 10)

1000 Days has six available!


Upcoming events

October 9-14 – World Bank Annual Meeting in Tokyo

October 10 – Rowlands Koatcca speaks at InterAction

October 11International Day of the Girl Child

October 13 – THP Annual Fall Gala on the occasion of our 35th anniversary – Making the Vision Real

October 16World Food Day

October 17International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 17-19 – Borlaug Dialogue as a part of the World Food Prize

November 25-December 1016 Days Against Gender Violence

March 4-15, 2013 – UN Commission on the Status of Women

April 19-21, 2013 – World Bank Spring Meetings in Washington