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International Women’s Day

How The Hunger Project Chooses to Challenge

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The Hunger Project Australia is celebrating one of our favourite days on the calendar – International Women’s Day!

This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge” which aligns so beautifully with THP’s work challenging the status quo about what people – particularly women – are capable of when their potential and leadership is unlocked and unleashed.

We invited THP leaders and partners from across Australia and the world to share how they choose to challenge the status quo. This is what they said…

“To me, choosing to challenge the status quo means to rethink the way things are and create an inclusive world. Empowering women to be key change agents is essential to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. So wherever we work, The Hunger Project aims to support women and build their capacity to create brighter possibilities for tomorrow, today.”

“Choosing to challenge the status quo means creating a world of equal rights and opportunities for women who constitute half the planet. Let us commit ourselves to this now till the job is done.”

“We are challenged to bring about positive change and development.”

“The status quo works for no one. Equality means leaving no woman behind.”

“I choose to challenge because we as women leaders need to rise up to the challenges of our community.”

“I choose to challenge the status quo because as a woman I can use my capabilities to support the development of my community.”

“Choosing to challenge the status quo means means creating a more human world of work, where people are focused, calm, resilient, and even happy at work.  Through the mind training work I do with the Potential Project, I’m proud to be making a tangible difference through partnering with THP on their work unlocking and unleashing the leadership of women globally to end hunger. If you care about lifting women up to create more potential, then follow them on socials or better yet make an investment in their work if you can.”

“I choose to challenge because women of Bangladesh are subjugated, marginalised and deprived because of the patriarchy. We men largely represent patriarchy, so when you’re confronting patriarchy we are really fighting with ourselves, and this is what we are engaged in.”

Make an Impact.

The biggest way you can make an impact today is to invest in women who are bringing clean water and electricity to their villages. Invest in a businesswoman who is putting her dreams on the line to bring economic stability to her family. Invest in the women leaders who are standing up against hunger in their communities.

#EachForEqual — International Women’s Day.

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This International Women’s Day, are you for equal?

The theme for International Women’s Day was #EachForEqual, and our THP community took a stand for equality. Check out the video below!


International Women’s Day 2019 – Better the balance, better the world!

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On 8 March The Hunger Project will be celebrating International Women’s Day and the theme of ‘Balance is Better’. It is a day on which we stop and reflect on the milestones made to date for women, and also look to the next actions required for achieving gender equality.  

We are working to creating a future free from hunger and in doing so we believe in building a gender-balanced world.  

Hansa from India demonstrating the balance pose for International Women’s Day

Come along to an event!

The Hunger Project will be taking part in a number of events across the country in celebration of International Women’s Day: 

  • 7 March – Melbourne at the Global Citizen After Hours event. Tickets are free but you need to register HERE 
  • 8 March – Sydney at THE LOFT x HER Global Network event. Get your tickets HERE 
  • 14 March – Brisbane at THE LOFT x HER Global Network event. Get your tickets HERE.  

Can’t attend an event in person? Join us online! 

It is really easy to get involved!

  1. Either take a photo of yourself in the ‘balance pose’ or film a selfie video answering the question: “How do you celebrate balance?” At the end of the video, state that this International Women’s Day, “I stand for equality.”
  2. Copy the hashtags #IWD2019 #thinkequal #balanceforbetter #thehungerproject #THP #Istandforequality #MorePowerfulTogether
  3. Be BOLD and post your photo or video, with the hashtags, and tag The Hunger Project. And you’re done!

International Women’s Day 2018

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I am not free while any woman is unfree, even when her shackles are very different from my own.  – Audre Lorde (writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist.)

Today, March 8, we stand with millions of people around the globe to recognise International Women’s Day, a day that honours the achievements of women and girls everywhere.

This year’s theme is “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives,” recognising the significance of recent unprecedented social movements around the world for women’s rights, justice, and equality and their transformational power.

Women’s rights movements — propelled by the bravery of sexual assault survivors, accelerated by the work of activists, and shared on social media platforms — have put women’s role in society at the forefront of global discussions. From #MeToo in the United States of America, to other protests against sexual harassment and violence, such as #YoTambien in Mexico, Spain, South America and beyond; #QuellaVoltaChe in Italy; #BalanceTonPorc in France; and #Ana_kaman in the Arab States, everyday activists around the world have forced the global conversation towards issues of sexual assault, gender-based violence, gender equality, equal pay and women’s political representation.

International Women’s Day 2018 is a time to leverage this momentum and move towards real change for women around the world. Every year during this time of year, The Hunger Project joins thousands of other organisations and activists to celebrate those that work tirelessly, day in and day out, to ensure that every woman is treated with the dignity and respect she deserves.

Rural women are the backbones of their communities. They work the land and support their families, ensure food security for their communities, and feed their nations. However rural women fare much worse than rural men or urban women on many development indicators. For example, rural women only own 20 percent of land worldwide, despite the fact that they represent 43 percent of people in the global agricultural labour force.

This level of inequality is significant in a world where rural women make up over a quarter of the world population. Global pay inequality is also a challenge. While women make 70 cents on the dollar as compared to men globally, in rural areas, it can be as low as 60 percent. We know from data monitoring on Sustainable Development Goal 5, Gender Equality, that rural women often lack access to life-saving services and healthcare, and are left more vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

Empowering women to reach their full potential means respecting women’s rights and dignity as human beings. That’s why The Hunger Project works to support and build the capacity and skills of women and girls in our program areas. For instance, 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 empowering the women electorate, encouraging voter participation among women and the election of women leaders to all panchayat (village council) seats. Since 2000, The Hunger Project India has trained 175,000 women leaders elected to their local councils to be effective agents of change in their communities.

At our Epicentres 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 specialised animator training worldwide empowers 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 Bangladesh, programs like our Safe School for Girls Campaign empowers students, teachers, parents and local communities to stop child marriages and promote opportunities for girls. Since the program’s launch, more than 20,000 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 our programs that target empowering women.

This year, join us in standing with women and girls everywhere.

Overcoming inequality for rural and urban women is absolutely critical to achieving the end of hunger. Join us in celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018, to demand equality for all.