Focus on Women Stories
Women form the backbone of the agricultural sector in many countries and play a key role in getting food onto the table. Speaking on International Women's Day, Isatou Jallow, chief of WFP’s Gender Unit, explains the central role that women play in fighting hunger.
Since the earthquake in Haiti, WFP has provided food assistance to close to 4 million people in Port-au-Prince and beyond. Here are four women in the capital who each wanted to say thank you to WFP and its donors for the food they have received.
The poor village of Kisht, on the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border, has never managed to send a girl to university. So community leaders are delighted about a new WFP programme which should mean girls stay at school longer. Now, they hope, maybe one will take the next step.
As WFP’s food coupon system ensures delivery of two weeks of rice rations, women are always at the front of the line at the 16 fixed distribution points in the Haitian capital. It’s part of a system that ensures the weakest don’t get left behind.
On a cold winter day in the mountains on the western edge of Tajikistan, Rajabgul Rasulova has just had a rare taste of happiness in her life of hardscrabble survival. Thanks to a WFP food distribution, she now has something to put on the table for the family New Year celebration.