international women's day 2011

Hunger Project – 100th International Women’s Day – 8th March

Posted on: 11 February 2011

Every year The Hunger Project celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD – acknowledged by the United Nations) on 8th March but this year’s one hundredth celebration is particularly special.

We will be posting highlights here from all the The Hunger Project events around the world – bookmark this page and check back over the coming weeks.

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.

Celebrate International Women’s Day by standing in solidarity with women across the developing world | Give Today | Help us continue the wide range of programmes that are supporting and empowering women to end their own hunger and poverty.

International Women’s Day – Themes

International Women’s Day celebrates the progress women have made in their struggles for equality and development and also focuses on what remains to be done to ensure there is equality for all. This year’s theme ”Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women” builds on the theme from 2010 ”Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women”.

At the heart of The Hunger Project’s work is the fundamental belief that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the commitment to advance the fulfillment of these rights so people can live free from hunger and poverty.

Empowering women is one of The Hunger Project’s three fundamental pillars. Wherever we work, our programmes aim to support women, build their capacity and ensure their voice is heard and influence felt, both in their own communities and more widely.

Ghana | Give Now – Help us do more

On the Women’s Empowerment Programme (WEP) in Ghana, The Hunger Project trains specialised animators to engage in educational activities for their communities, and, in turn, train other women in leadership skills and

civic, legal and reproductive health rights. Recently, WEP animators forged a media alliance with two local language radio stations that the women use, free of charge, to educate the public on issues relating to womens’ rights.

“I have become more confident after participating in the WEP training which enabled me to campaign actively during the District Assembly elections as a candidate. Although I lost the elections by a margin of only 28 votes to a man, I was not at all deterred and have even gained recognition and respect in my community. I am now involved in decision-making in my community and my views are equally respected as those of the men.” – Madam Paulina, WEP Animator, Fesi-Bame Epicentre, Ghana

India | Give Now – Help us do more

In India, The Hunger Project recently began a UNDP-funded project on raising awareness about India’s Right to Information Act. The Act helps counter corruption and promotes accountability within panchayats (village councils). The project’s special focus on elected women in panchayats is unique, and will contribute to women’s full participation in grassroots democracy as aware citizens and informed representatives.

What would it be like if women ran the world? The Times recently published an article about The Hunger Project India’s work in creating a Women’s ‘Barefoot Revolution’ across India – Learn More.

Bangladesh| Give Now – Help us do more

About 450 International Women’s Day events were organised by The Hunger Project throughout Bangladesh in 2009 and 600 in 2010. Learn More about our work in Bangladesh.

Mexico | Give Now

In Mexico, The Hunger Project holds workshops to raise awareness about women’s rights. After participating in one of The Hunger Project’s workshops, Raquel García Vidaña, became a catalyst (volunteer leader) in her community and mobilised them to build a clinic.

“I used to think that women were not capable. I observed that there were many needs in my community, and after that, I decided to become the Delegate [in her municipality]. In my mind, was the idea that the men would not support me; nevertheless, that idea changed when it was a man who elected me. I am the first woman Delegate and people are astonished; they congratulate me on the street. I am proud to be a woman. We, the women, can!” – Raquel García Vidaña, Municipio of Juan Aldama, Zacatecas, Mexico

By Numbers…in recent years

Over 50,000 village partners were trained in gender equality issues throughout our Programme Countries.

More than 4,200 women graduated from literacy classes at our epicentres in Africa.

In Bangladesh, The Hunger Project organised more than 600 gender equality awareness events, which were attended by 75,000 people.

In India, over 5,000 elected women representatives were trained in women’s leadership.

What You Can Do

  • Celebrate International Women’s Day with your family and friends.
  • Spread the word, tell someone about our work, join us on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin.
  • Read our 2010 International Women’s Day FactSheet, co-authored with the Bread for the World Institute.
  • Keep in touch, signup for our Newsletter
  • Invest in The Hunger Project’s work to empower women.

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