Focus on Women Stories
WFP's Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions Sheila Sisulu served as South Africa’s Ambassador to the United States before joining WFP. She worked as a high school teacher in Soweto, was active in the struggle against apartheid and married into a famous political family. We recently sat down with Sheila and here’s what she had to say:
A scheme tapping the potential of rural women to pull communities out of hunger emerged from a side-event at this year’s meeting of United Nations General Assembly between WFP and UN Women. The agreement focuses on helping women earn income by putting them in charge of projects that boost food security.
Giving poor women farmers more tools can bring down the number of hungry in the world by 150 million, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran on Thursday, highlighting a central theme at Empowering Rural Women, an event organized by WFP and UN Women on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. Other speakers at the event also highlighted the role that women farmers can play in defeating hunger.
The rebuilding of an irrigation scheme in northern Kenya last year has turned out to be crucial for farmers like Nangor Lobongia. It has meant she and her family have avoided joining the thousands now queueing for food aid in the drought-hit Turkana region.
Many women in remote parts of northern Laos wouldn't normally go for health checks, even when they are pregnant. But now, thanks to the food rations WFP is offering as part of a Mother and Child Health and Nutrition project, many more are attending the health centres and getting important health care for themselves and their babies.