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How we will be celebrating International Women's Day 2019

When it comes to tackling hunger, women are among our strongest allies. A single woman has the power to change her whole community for the better, and for generations to come.

By Action Against Hunger

Mar 4 2019

Women are disproportionately affected by hunger, but they are also uniquely positioned to help fight it. 

Here are some facts you might not know about women and hunger:

  • In nearly two-thirds of the world’s countries, women are more likely than men to suffer from hunger and food insecurity.
  • In many low-income countries, women farmers comprise more than half of agricultural labour. Giving women farmers more resources could decrease the number of hungry people in the world by 100-150 million people.
  • Women who participate in household decisions produce and earn more. Research shows this raises family income by as much as 20 percent. And, women tend to use more of their earnings to promote proper hygiene and to feed their families more nutritious foods.

One of Action Against Hunger’s most reliable strategies in fighting hunger is to train community health workers, most of whom are women. In Kenya, for example, approximately 80 percent of Action Against Hunger’s 1,600 trained community health workers are women.

Community health workers visit nearby homes, checking the health of families and providing treatment for life-threatening illnesses including malaria, pneumonia, and malnutrition. They also teach caregivers—primarily mothers—about health, nutrition, and sanitation, helping them to understand and prevent the illnesses their children face.

From a single community health worker, change spreads: from mother to child, neighbour to neighbour, community to community, generation to generation. This is why on International Women’s Day we will be using the hashtag #WomenAgainstHunger. Keep an eye out for our stories of amazing women creating change in their communities and join us in celebrating and honouring powerful women who are on the front line of the fight to end hunger.


Help us grow the movement to end hunger this International Women's Day! Share this image on your social networks with the hashtag #WomenAgainstHunger and celebrate strong women who are changing their communities around the world. Celebrate with us and share this on Facebook

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