The vast majority of the world’s poor are women. They bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfil this responsibility. The Hunger Project firmly believes that these women are the key to ending world hunger. When given a voice, these women become powerful and important change-agents in raising their families and their villages out of poverty. Unlocking the creativity, leadership, entrepreneurialism and productivity of the poorest of the poor is what we do. We build leaders. We especially build women leaders.
Women elected leaders in India
The Hunger Project India focuses on the democratically elected women on village councils, the panchayats. Because of a quota, more and more rural women in India are entering local politics. A silent revolution with many hurdles to take: despite local councils formally having an important say and a significant budget, much of the money does not necessarily end up in the right place. And women are not automatically taken seriously. These elected women are intensively trained and coached by The Hunger Project India during this period. This ensures that they become strong local leaders who can fulfil their role effectively – and achieve so much.
Women who have received training prove to be twice as confident as their untrained peers, and they are more effective leaders and take more action on behalf of their village. They are more pro-active politically and ensure 2.5 times more social investment in their village.
Like the prime minister
One of these women leaders is Rajwanti Singh. She has achieved a lot – not only for herself but also for her community. With spirit and a touch of leadership capacity she gives advice to other women and encourages them to be brave. “I don’t feel like a member of a village council, but like a great leader, the prime minister! I became aware of the fact that I am worth as much as others.”
We believe that those who live in hunger are not the problem – they are the solution. We don’t see a billion mouths to feed, we see resilient and enterprising human beings. If we unlock their capacity, creativity and leadership, they can achieve incredible things. Like end their own hunger.