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In countries facing conflict and hunger, women often eat last and least – sacrificing for their families. But empowering women and girls can end hunger for good, and transform whole communities in the process.
Of the 690 million people who are food insecure in the world right now, 60 percent are women and girls
In nearly two-thirds of countries, women are more likely than men to report food insecurity
The proportion of women with anemia, a diet-related iron deficiency that can cause organ damage if left untreated
Women Are Fighting For:
Of the 690 million people who are food insecure in the world right now, 60 percent are women and girls. Each cause of unequal treatment reinforces the others, trapping women in a cycle of disadvantage, poverty and hunger. But good nutrition can keep women healthy and help girls stay in school, increasing their economic opportunities.Source: Slideshow Photo: WFP/Leni Kinzli
Women do 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men do and earn 23% less for paid work. But when they do earn an income, they reinvest 90% of their resources back into their families and communities – jumpstarting a cycle of change that can last generations.Source: Slideshow Photo: WFP/Hugh Rutherford
More than half of the world's agricultural workers are women, yet they make up just 13% of land owners. Often, they're not allowed to own the land they work on or make financial decisions.Source: Slideshow Photo: WFP/Rein Skullerud
On average, women have only three-quarters of the legal protections given to men. In 18 countries, husbands can legally prevent their wives from working. There are no laws protecting women from domestic violence in 49 countries.Source: Slideshow Photo: WFP/Cesar Lopez
Practices like childhood marriage have severe implications for women's health, cut short their education, curb their potential and make them almost entirely dependent on men. Globally, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 every year.Source: Slideshow Photo: FAO/IFAD/WFP/Luis Tato
In some countries, tradition simply dictates that women should eat last, after all the male members and children have been fed. At the same time, surveys in a wide range of countries have shown that 85-90 percent of the time spent on household food preparation is women’s time.Source: Slideshow Photo: WFP/Saikat Mojumder
Teach Women New Skills
Patience’s husband became violent with her when their family ran out of food. Now, because of the U.N. World Food Programme’s Food for Assets project, Patience is the primary breadwinner and her husband respects her.
Enroll Women In School
26-year-old Alaa had no choice but to leave her home in Syria due to brutal violence. She works in a U.N. World Food Programme warehouse now along with hundreds of other displaced women and used the money to put herself through school.
Provide Women With Housing
Deborah and her children survived in a swamp for two months after fighters burned down their home. Today they’re safe, and the U.N. World Food Programme provides them with beans, flour and cooking oil.
We're Feeding & Empowering Women
Nearly half of all small-scale farmers are women, yet they often lack basic resources like fertilizer and equipment. Our training and tools help women earn an income and become self-sufficient.
Struggling families often send boys to school, rather than girls. But WFP school meals help keep girls in the classroom, setting them up for a lifetime of success and good health.
First 1,000 Days
If babies don’t get the right nutrition during the first 1,000 days of life, it can cause irreversible damage. WFP uses special foods for infants and moms to make sure they survive this critical time.
Women are often primary shoppers and cooks. WFP delivers e-cards that allow them to purchase groceries, so women in crisis can be reached faster and more efficiently.