On International Women's Day 2009, The Hunger Project (THP) is proud to join with "women and men united to end violence against women and girls." In order to achieve the sustainable end of world hunger, women and men must work together, without the threat of violence, as full and equal partners.
Khusboon Khatoon, was a child bride at 12 years of age. She was widowed early. Following her participation in The Hunger Project's Women's Leadership Workshop, Khusboon gained the courage to take on domestic violence cases in her community and train other women about their rights.
In Bangladesh, several hundred youth and adults gathered in December 2008 for the annual Youth Ending Hunger Conference to discuss issues ranging from education campaigns, to math competitions and anti-tobacco advertising.
Rafael García Mora, SJ, Director General of ACLO, The Hunger Project's partner in Bolivia, says "The challenge will be for Bolivian women and men to make this new constitution not just a beautiful set of statements, but a foundation for building a future of justice, harmony, and progress."
The Hunger Project-Mexico has trained hundreds of catalysts (volunteer leaders) who are launching village-level projects in their communities, and developed strategic alliances with government and local partners.
On the December 1, 2008, The Hunger Project-Malawi joined the rest of the world in commemorating this year's World AIDS Day. The event engaged various members of the community in presentations on important issues from prevention to care.