Focus on Women Stories
Women are the secret weapon to fight hunger, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran told first ladies gathering in Rome on the eve of the World Food Summit.
Tunisian actress Hend Sabry saw the impact of WFP’s first food voucher scheme in the Middle East recently when she spent a day with a Palestinian family in Nablus. Her presence also put a smile on faces at a market where thousands of Palestinians spend the vouchers.
Not too long ago Coumba Ba’s baby girl was getting weaker and weaker as diarrhoea and undernutrition sapped her energy. Nutritious food rations, supplied to her mother by WFP, appear to have put her back on course for a healthy, lively childhood.
For Samya Begum, hunger is never far away. She lives in a part of Bangladesh that is prone to flooding and a heavy monsoon can be the difference between having food and not having it. She is an example of why climate is a hunger issue and why climate change will produce more hunger.
Marginalised women in Bangladesh are receiving food and a sense of empowerment thanks to a programme run by WFP and the government of Bangladesh. Alongside monthly wheat flour rations, it offers business training and teaches participants about their rights.