Focus on Women Videos


Kekeletso Mabeleng remembers vividly how she enjoyed getting WFP school meals when she was a small child in a poor district of Lesotho. Now, as an adult, she works for WFP helping make sure today’s children get the same benefits she did. She has been with WFP for eight years and works as a senior programme assistant, implementing nutrition and health programmes with the government.

Empowering Rural Women, an event organised by WFP and UN Women on the sidelines of the 66th UN General Assembly, highlighted the critical role that women farmers can play in defeating hunger. Here is a taste of the discussion, from three of the key figures attending the event, starting with UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet.

“I felt a real difference the first time I went back to the field as a mother,” says Valerie Guarnieri, whose dedication to feed the hungry has stretched from Sudan, to the Philippines, to her current job as WFP’s Director of Programmes at WFP’s headquarters in Rome.

A series of projects on the Philippines island of Mindanao are helping women displaced by years of conflict rebuild their lives.

As we commemorate Women’s Day, we remember that the sweat-stained face of a farmer, labouring under the hot sun to feed a hungry family, is likely to be that of a woman. But the face of those defeating hunger is also likely to be a woman’s. Because women are our hope; the secret weapon in fighting hunger.