"Women and girls aren't the problem; they're the solution."


-Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, The Women's Crusade

In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine (August 23, 2009) and on The New York Times website (August 17, 2009), Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn give an overview of the many challenges women in the developing world face and highlight the opportunity of focusing on women and girls. The Hunger Project (THP) is cited as an organization that promotes women as the key to ending hunger. On its website, The New York Times also listed THP as an organization supporting women in developing countries.

The article by Kristof and WuDunn is adapted from their forthcoming book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." THP's President and CEO Jill Lester states "The August 23 issue of the magazine and Kristof's and WuDunn's book draw attention and focus to the most significant action we can take to end hunger and poverty--empowering women."

THP places empowering women and girls at the very heart of our strategy. As our work, and countless studies show, when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient. Learn more about our work to empower women and girls worldwide.

What You Can Do

  • Invest in THP's work to empower women and girls.
  • Share the article with your friends and colleagues and encourage them to check out THP's website.
  • The New York Times has launched a contest in conjunction with this special issue of The New York Times Magazine and the forthcoming book "Half the Sky." Submit your story describing the best organization or project working toward the education of girls or empowerment of women. We encourage you to share the work of THP.