"Every Woman Must be Mentally and Financially Self-reliant"

Elected Women Leaders Pioneering Social Development in Bangladesh

Anjuman, after being married at age 12, is now an elected woman representative in Bangladesh. She recounts how Hunger Project trainings helped her unleash her creativity and contribute to her family, society and country. 

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Stopping Two-Child Laws that Harm Women Leaders in India

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At a time when The Hunger Project has empowered more than 80,000 elected women representatives in India to be effective change agents in their villages, ambitious women’s voices are being silenced by a Two-Child Norm policy that prohibits the participation of any representative with more than two living children. The policy restricts women’s political participation, hampers the growth of female political leadership, and further marginalizes the most effective community of leaders.

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No Silence on Violence Against Women

Rita Sarin's IWD 2013 Statement, No Silence on Violence Against Women

Rita Sarin, Country Director for The Hunger Project-India, issues a statment for International Women's Day 2013 calling for an end to all types of violence against women in India and around the world.

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Elected Woman Leader Fights Gender Discrimination and Goverment Corruption


When Elected Women Leader Deepa Rajguru was first elected to local government, she found it difficult to function in the male-dominated system – being asked to sit at the back of meetings and refused the right to contribute. Following a Hunger Project training, Deepa joined with other elected women to speak out against this type of gender discrimination.

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Elected Women Leaders Gather to Discuss Achievements and Challenges

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September 7-8, 2011, The Hunger Project-India and government officials gathered with 300 elected women representatives to discuss their achievements and challenges as political leaders working to bring about a better tomorrow for their communities in rural India.

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US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Meets Elected Women in India

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This July, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer, visited and praised the work of nearly 100 Hunger Project-trained elected women representatives in the state of Rajasthan.

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THP-India Holds Convention for 200 Newly Elected Women Representatives

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On June 28th, 2011, The Hunger Project-India and public officials gathered to celebrate 200 newly elected women representatives in their new roles as political leaders working to bring about a better tomorrow for their communities.

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THP Wins Award for Governance Work in India

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The Hunger Project-India has been honored as winner of the EdelGive Social Innovation Honours (ESIH) 2011 in the category of Governance for its work strengthening women's participation in government.

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Convention Brings 200 Elected Women Leaders Together to Review Progress and Set Goals


The Hunger Project-India collaborated with eleven other organizations to bring 200 elected women leaders together for a two-day, open-forum convention in Bhopal on December 21-22, 2010. The women aimed to share their journeys as elected leaders, discuss achievements and challenges, identify issues for state-level advocacy and build a collective understanding of future goals.

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President Barack Obama Meets with Panchayat President, Sarmi Bai


The Hunger Project was invited to attend an Expo on Democracy and Open Government at Xavier's College in Mumbai, India on November 7. At the event, President Barack Obama met Country Director Rita Sarin and Sarmi Bai, an elected woman representative, trained by The Hunger Project, who is president of her panchayat (village council) in Rajasthan.

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