What if women liberate the world from hunger? Educating, training and giving women social and economic equality is the most direct path to a hunger-free world. This is why we have made women empowerment one of our priorities.
Discover the projects presented this year by four women from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, India and Uganda.
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A review in images of these 5 exemplary women.
This extraordinary woman is the humble heroine of martyred women and orphans rescued from the fighting with the terrorist rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Sister Angélique has already rescued more than 2,500 women and children, with the help of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, enabling them to rebuild their lives, overcome the atrocities they have lived through and to escape from hunger.
"If I can help a single woman to live again, for me it's already a success. I will never be discouraged," says Sister Angélique.
She also allows other women in need to find a job in the cooperative. With more than 1,500 women, Elizabeth offers the market a local, organic and eco-responsible coffee. Together they provide food security for thousands of families.
"The men own the land on which women grow coffee," says Elizabeth Nalugemwa.
Raising and transforming edible worms into food-safe flour: this innovative, practical, inexpensive and sustainable alternative is offered to Mayan communities, over 80% of which face severe protein deficiencies. This solution is attracting the interest of many foreign organizations to fight against hunger.
"The extra flour produced can be sold in local markets to be a source of additional income."
She helps to train 210 people, 70% of them women, from tribal minorities and to enable them to learn to read. She provides micro-loans to them to start up their own breeding activities or to begin trading. She mobilizes the voice of these women around their rights, their skills, their education and their health, and the socio-economic and political role they must play.
"Anyone in need, illiterate, hungry, uneducated is welcome. We simply want that no more villagers in the village go hungry," says Bisto Bai Meravi.