Women’s Empowerment Program in Malawi

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.

Two out of eight of Malawi’s epicenters have women’s solidarity groups and two have mothers clubs; these work to provide support for the women and also to sensitize them to the values of sending their daughters to school and pursuing their own goals such as literacy, numeracy and financial independence.

There are a total of 266 Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) animators among all the epicenters, and there are 89 women serving in executive positions. There are equal amounts of female and male epicenter committee members throughout Malawi. The promotion of gender equality is an important part in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Malawi.