Unleashed Women Leaders Initiative

Wherever we work in the world, we place women firmly at the center of everything that we do. We train women leaders and take them on the journey from subjugation to unleashed leadership. The work is intensive, and the payoff is extraordinary.

The Unleashed Women Leaders Initiative has been created to secure long-term, sustainable funding for our work with resource poor rural women who are determined to end hunger in their communities. We are empowering women and establishing equality in local democracy in India, building a movement of women leaders in Bangladesh, supporting indigenous women farmers in Mexico, and creating and establishing women-owned and run local banks in Africa.

We mean it when we say that developing the leadership of women is the key to ending hunger.

Why are women the key to ending hunger?

Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility.

Today, when a girl is born in the developing world she is less likely to survive her first year of life than a boy. She is nursed less and fed less nutritious food than her brother. She is less likely to go to school or see a doctor. She is married and pregnant when she is young, often just a teenager. She will continue to eat last and least. If her child is born a girl, this deadly cycle of malnutrition begins anew.

Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. When women earn an income, they reinvest 90 percent of it into their families, as compared to only 40 percent for men. Their families are healthier, their children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. The cycle of malnutrition is halted and communities become more resilient.

The Unleashed Women’s Leaders Initiative focuses on women.

In The Hunger Project we have found that through empowering women:

  • Families are healthier
  • More children go to school and girls stay in school
  • Child marriages are stopped
  • Corruption is reduced
  • A greater share of family income is devoted to the health and education of children
  • Federations and networks are formed and laws are changed
  • Agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase
  • Crimes against women diminish as rapists and other perpetrators of violence are punished
  • Gender attitudes and behaviors that fuel the spread of HIV AIDS are confronted and transformed

In short, communities become more resilient.

In 2013, The Hunger Project has trained and supported:

  • 10,000 elected women village leaders in India;
  • 6,700 women volunteer leaders in Bangladesh;
  • 57,000 women who are using financial services at African epicenter banks;
  • 3,700 girls who are Youth Leaders in Bangladesh;
  • 1,600 girls who were enrolled in epicenter nursery schools in Africa.

How we can seize a unique moment in history

When The Hunger Project trains women leaders, we walk the path with them — ensuring that they are able to translate their vision into concrete results for their village.

We ask that you walk this path with them too.

The difference you will make

Your financial investment in The Unleashed Women Leaders Initiative will be life changing for women, men, girls and boys who live in the grinding reality of chronic hunger and who have until now seen no way out.

Empowering women is the way out.

Joining the Unleashed Women Leaders Initiative requires a commitment of a minimum of $10,000 per year for 3 years. By giving with the same boldness and courage that our village partners show every day, you will stand shoulder to shoulder with them. You will be creating change that will transform the world.

As investors in The Unleashed Women Leaders Initiative you will receive reports outlining what has been achieved. We will also be holding special evenings throughout the year updating members on the accomplishments and future directions.

Your money will create generations of opportunity and health for children who are yet to be born.

To join the Unleashed Women Leaders Initiative or to find out more, please contact Supriya Banavalikar at (212) 251 9109 or supriya.banavalikar@thp.org .