Focus on Women Stories


20 March 2012

Djibouti: For Displaced Women, Food Assistance Shows They're “Not Forgotten”

During times of drought and civil conflict, women are usually on the frontlines, fighting to keep their families afloat. Helaffi and Bidari, two women now in a nomadic encampment in northern Djibouti, are typical. Thanks to support from WFP and the EU, they're managing - and the food is keeping their spirits up.

19 March 2012

From Niger to Washington: An International Women's Day Conversation Between Moms

What would happen if moms across the globe sat down to discuss how together we can empower women to have healthier lives? This International Women's Day, we worked with the One Campaign to connect moms doing extraordinary things and make this conversation a reality.

7 March 2012

Kenya: Young Mother Rescued From Slide Into Severe Malnutrition

Namuding, a young mother in the drought-hit Turkana region of northern Kenya, is fighting off malnutrition thanks to a nutrition programme supported by the EU. Last year’s drought in the Horn of Africa left many communities weakened, making women and children especially vulnerable.

18 December 2011

'Planting Trees Changed My Life,' Says Ethiopia Mother

Sindayo Tsegay sees herself first and foremost as a mother, a role which brings daily challenges. For Sindayo, who lives in northern Ethiopia, those challenges used to seem insurmountable before a tree-planting project changed her life as well as the lives of neighboring families.

3 December 2011

Investing In Bulls, Woman Begins To Escape From Poverty

In Shahinoor’s household there were days when she struggled to put even one meal on the family table. She and her husband are among Bangladesh’s ultra-poor; those with no land, no assets and little hope of breaking out of hunger and poverty. But a new programme to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit of Bangladeshi women has transformed her life.