As 2019 slides into its last few months, women in the United States anticipate the centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. A hundred years has allowed much to be done for women’s rights and gender equality, especially in developing countries around the world; however, there are still miles to go. The United Nations has acknowledged these gender-based inequalities and in 2015, named gender equality one of its Sustainable Development Goals. The UN’s goal revolves around empowering girls and women and ending all forms of discrimination towards them.
This gender equality plays an incredibly huge role in creating a hunger-free world. Of the 821 million people suffering from hunger globally, a disproportionate number are female. In addition, women are more likely to suffer from hunger and poverty than men in over two-thirds of the world’s countries. Aside from the obvious disparity, this is especially concerning seeing how women produce more than half of the global food yield as apart of their responsibility to find and provide food, fuel, and water for the household.
Food For Thought
Equality extends far beyond putting food on the table. Food security keeps young girls in school, as families often choose to pull them out to perform household duties instead of boys. Feeding Children Everywhere recognizes this unfortunate phenomenon and commits to providing nutrition to help fuel the minds and bodies of children so they can grow up healthy, think clearly, and learn efficiently in school. We have partnered with educational programs in countries like Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia to encourage parents and caregivers to send their children to school. Not only do these students receive meals while in school, but they also bring home meals for their family. The promise of food security keeps the students, especially girls, from dropping out or being pulled out. By keeping young girls in school, they are encouraged to pursue an education that will allow them to better their circumstances within their communities. From 1970 to 1995, hunger decreased by 43% in direct correlation with gender equality efforts—imagine what could be done today.