“People often ask: What can be done to defeat hunger? My answer is simple: empower women, because women are the secret weapon to fight hunger.” – WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran
In a modern 21st century world, the discrimination against women is still evident. Ironically enough, women produce 60-80% of food in developing nation – giving food to most of the population that displays hostility against the women. And yet, 60% of chronically hungry people are women and girls.
The facts state a lot about it:
- This year, 60% of WFP beneficiaries will be women
- An extra year of education increases a girl’s income by 10-20%
- Women produce 60 – 80% of food in developing nations
- Eight out of 10 people engaged in farming in Africa are women and six out of 10 in Asia.
- In one out of three households around the world, women are the sole breadwinners.
- A lack of iron in women’s diets leads to an estimated 111,000 maternal deaths each year.
- When income is in the hands of the mother, the survival probability of a child increases by about 20 percent in Brazil.
And as the WFP exec has stated, women are the secret weapon against hunger – I couldn’t have said it better.