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22.03.2016 | Blog

Women and development

The world's poorest are women and girls.

Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

Women make up 70% of people living in poverty in rural areas. Although they play a key role for sustainable development and fighting hunger.

Gender equality is a recognised human right. However, millions of women are still disadvantaged and suffer discrimination and poverty. They are often being under-estimated or even suppressed. Welthungerhilfe gives women strength and supports them in demanding their rights themselves. Goals can only be reached together – both men and women benefit from Welthungerhilfe's work.

In developing countries, women produce up to 80% of the food, however they own less than one fifth of the cultivation areas.

The yields from the fields can be increased in such countries by 20-30% according to the FAO, if women were granted the same access to land ownership, loans, markets and education as the men.

30 million women are fleeing from war, hunger, sexual violence, forced marriage and discrimination, many of them leaving their home regions together with their children. On their journey to seek refuge, many become victims of assaults by men. Further facts and figures can be found in this infographic.

How do we promote gender equality?

Women and Development

Welthungerhilfe wants to strengthen women and make gender equality reality. Along with our partners, we have been a supporter of Gender Mainstreaming in our programme work for many years. That means...

Examples from our project regions

Current debates

Welthungerhilfe advocates gender equality and the women's empowerment in various projects. For example:

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