Women’s Empowerment Program in Benin

Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.

The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Wherever we work, our programs aim to support women and build their capacity.

In Benin, there are 30 Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) animators throughout all the epicenters. Benin also recently began a family planning program designed to keep mothers and their children healthy, and built upon the idea that if births are spaced out, mothers are able to work more, save money, and become more financially independent. Twelve of Benin’s epicenters have women’s clubs, and 15 have girls clubs. The women’s clubs sensitize mothers and women in general to the values of sending and keeping their daughters in school, the influence of this can be seen in the increase of literacy rates and the decrease in child trafficking.

Additionally, The Hunger Project-Benin has an impressive 151 women serving in executive positions across the country.