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The Hunger Project in the News
The Hunger Project in Malawi has described myths and cultural norms as the major challenges that they are facing in the distribution of female condoms across the country. As stated by the country director of Hunger Project, Rowlands Kaotcha at the commemoration of the Global Female Condom Day, the preponderance of myths surrounding the use of condoms as well as certain reigning cultural norms continue to pose significant challenges. However, Kaotcha also commended the organization’s success in increasing condom distribution and advised that more educational materials be written in vernacular languages to become accessible to more people. Read the full story here.
Across the globe, a growing number of organizations are now pushing for policy changes that place a fair share of decision making power in the hands of local communities. This push stems from the larger effort to materialize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) adopted last year. As one of the 18 international organizations launching the Movement for Community-led Development, The Hunger Project has made community-led development accessible by focusing on community organizers, country ownership and advocacy. These steps provide a vital impetus to a movement that seeks to alter the “top-down patriarchal world of programs,” giving agency to local actors and installing greater measures for accountability. Read the full news story on HuffingtonPost.
Today, 32 million American adults cannot read while one in four children grow up without learning how to read. Globally, one in 10 people on the planet are unable to read and write. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day, 26 of the world’s most high profile personalities from film, music, politics and the arts, joined forces to raise awareness for literacy with one common goal: By 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy. Oscar-winning actress and advocate Julianne Moore joined Yahoo Finance at the “Mighty Pencil” exhibit in TriBeCa to talk about Project Literacy—a movement backed by the likes of UNESCO and The Hunger Project—which aims to bring to light the real impact of illiteracy. Read the full story at Yahoo! Sports.
Government and Non Governmental Organizations have partnered to step up efforts to empower rural communities to be self reliant economically. The Hunger Project has intensified community empowerment projects in the country. Recently the organization handed over a vehicle and 8 motorcycles to Tadala Savings and Credit Cooperative in Chikwawa that has grown its membership to 4000 with an asset base totaling over 170 Million Kwacha. Read the full story on MBC.
Youths of different educational institutions demanded that their participation in the government's policymaking process be ensured. The state should provide opportunities to the youth to raise their voices on social and national issues and strengthen their leadership capacities, they told the launch of a youth platform "Young Change Makers Coalition in Bangladesh," organised by 12 national and international rights groups in the capital's Cirdap auditorium Wednesday. Read the full story at The Daily Star. http://www.thedailystar.net/city/ensure-youths-participation-policymaking-1264948