Monday, 8 March 2010
"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." - World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran
Some 60 percent of the world’s chronically hungry people are women and girls. This is because women often have unequal access to resources, education and income, and because they participate less in decision-making.
And when hunger and under-nutrition affect women, they also affect their children. More than 19 million children are born annually with low birth weight, often the result of their mothers receiving inadequate nutrition before and during pregnancy.
Today, on the International Women's Day, you can send your message of solidarity through the World Food Programme by clicking on the banner at the top of this post.