On October 6, 2009, the tenth annual National Girl Child Day was celebrated at more than 700 locations across Bangladesh to take a stand for the end of discrimination against girls. This year's theme was "Let every girl child grow up in a safe and joyful environment."
Derare Hirpha, a 37-year-old married mother of six is a Jaldu Epicenter Committee member and secretary of the management committee for the Rural Bank. When she was young, she was abducted, forced to marry her abductor and lost all hopes of an education. Thanks to THP, Derare has returned to reading and writing, is learning business management, generating her own income and owns various assets.
The Hunger Project-India hosted the ninth annual Sarojini Naidu Prize ceremony on October 2, 2009. The Sarojini Naidu Prize annually honors three journalists for outstanding reporting on women in Panchayati Raj (local government). Guests of honor included The Honorable Minister of State for External Affairs, Dr. Shashi Tharoor; social activist Ms. Aruna Roy; and Director General of Doordarshan (India's leading national television network) Ms. Aruna Sharma.
Rami Devi Nai is an elected representative in her village council in India. She notes every action she takes in her log book using drawings. You have the opportunity to match her courage and leadership.
The Rural Bank at THP-Uganda's Kiringente Epicenter gained official recognition and was inaugurated at a ceremony on September 10, 2009. Rural Bank recognition marks a very important milestone for our epicenter communities: they are officially declared self-reliant. Kiringente is the fifth epicenter in Uganda, and the nineteenth in Africa, to become self-reliant.
The Sarojini Naidu Prize is awarded annually to three Indian journalists for exceptional reporting on women in local government. After reviewing 900 entries, the jury has announced this year's winners, who will receive their awards at a ceremony on October 2.
About 400 children gathered for an art competition organized by member organizations of the National Girl Child Advocacy Forum, including The Hunger Project, which serves as the secretariat. This year's theme was "Let every girl child grow up in a safe and fun-filled environment."
We are delighted to announce that The Hunger Project's 2009 Fall Event will feature renowned author and philosopher, Peter Singer. With Prof. Singer's most recent book, The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty, he hopes to change our worldwide culture of giving.
At the end of August, the Government of India made an important decision moving toward an increase in the reservation of seats in village councils for women from one-third to 50 percent across the country. "This is a historic moment," says Rita Sarin, Country Director of THP-India.
In a recent article in The New York Times Magazine, 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. THP is cited as an organization that promotes women as the key to ending hunger.