In early March, the Indian upper legislative body passed a constitutional amendment that would require that women hold 33 percent of seats in federal and state legislative assemblies. If passed into law, this amendment would change the landscape of women's rights in India.
When access to water - a most basic human need - is obstructed, every aspect of development is sabotaged. Yet, when water flows, the effects ripple outward. Families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. THP works to empower communities to develop new water resources, ensure clean water and improved sanitation, and implement water conservation techniques.
THP partners from the community of Gute, the largest of ten villages served by the Jaldu Water Supply Project, share about the benefits they've experienced. This project was undertaken in 2008-09 in partnership with Rotary International, and provided safe drinking water to 6,000 community members in Jaldu Epicenter.
In commemoration of International Women's Day 2010, The Hunger Project-Ghana organized a National Rural Forum under the theme "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All," which was held on March 5, 2010 at the Odumase-Wawase Epicenter in Kwahu West Municipality.
The theme of International Women's Day (March 8) this year is "Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress for All." At the heart of The Hunger Project's work is the fundamental belief that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights) and the commitment to advance the fulfillment of these rights so people can live free from hunger and poverty.
Tarcila Rivera Zea, president of Chirapaq, The Hunger Project's partner organization in Peru, has been awarded with the Women's Order of Merit given by the Ministry of Women and Social Development in Peru in recognition of her commitment to assert and defend indigenous peoples and women's rights.
The Hunger Project announces the resignation of its President and CEO, Jill Lester. Jill has served as THP's President and CEO since January 2008. In making the announcement, Jill said that there can be no more important need in today's world than that expressed in THP's mission: to empower women and men to end their own hunger and poverty.
In late January, H.E. President Museveni of Uganda visited The Hunger Project's Mpigi Epicenter. During his visit, President Museveni indicated that he would seek to give THP-Uganda approximately US$200,000 this calendar year and provide a truck to the epicenter to transport food collected from partners for distribution.
In his January 23 column about the Salwen family, New York Times journalist, Nicholas Kristof, referred to The Hunger Project as "a New York City-based international development organization that has a good record of tackling global poverty."
The Power of Half, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, now available from booksellers nationwide. In the book, Kevin and Hannah recount their family's joint decision to downsize to a smaller house and donate the proceeds to The Hunger Project.