Concern Worldwide Calls on Public to Support Women in their Fight Against Hunger

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Concern Worldwide (UK) is calling on people to sign up to their Women Can’t Wait campaign and send a message to world leaders to act now and support poor women in their efforts to defeat hunger.

Agatha Akakandelwa, Nambinji Village, Mongu District, Zambia

Help us send a message to world leaders: listen to the voices of poor women farmers and make them central to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.

Concern Worldwide (UK) is calling on people to sign up to their Women Can’t Wait campaign and send a message to world leaders to act now and support poor women in their efforts to defeat hunger.

The Women Can’t Wait campaign was launched in March 2010 to highlight the fact that for the first time in history, over a billion people are going to bed hungry every night, and the majority of these are women. This is despite the fact that women produce up to 80% of food in developing countries.

The campaign argues that up till now, policies designed to address hunger have failed to acknowledge the crucial role women farmers play, meaning they are often not able to grow enough food. And unless world leaders tackle this issue, the target they set to halve hunger by 2015 will simply not be reached.

Concern is calling on the UN and world leaders, including the UK Government, to listen to poor women, include them in decision making processes and provide them with the support and funds to ensure they and their families don’t go hungry. Concern will present the signatures to the UN just before the World Summit in New York, September 20th-22nd.

Dr. Darren Evans, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Concern Worldwide (UK) said:
“It is shocking that despite the promises made by world leaders in 2000, over a billion people are still hungry - the majority of these are women. Today hunger remains the single biggest risk to health worldwide and poses a greater threat than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. Women farmers are responsible for growing, buying, selling and cooking the majority of food in poor countries - the issue of hunger cannot be addressed without considering the central role they play.

“World leaders must act now. When they meet in September to discuss how best to save lives, they must include the views of women who face a daily battle to produce enough food to feed themselves and their families. Otherwise the numbers of people going to bed hungry will continue to rise.

“Help us send a message to world leaders: listen to the voices of poor women farmers and make them central to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.”

To hear some Unheard Voices and sign up to the campaign visit http://www.concern.net/unheardvoices
Contact

For further information, case studies and images, contact Siobhan Sheerin, Concern Worldwide (UK) on 020 7801 1856 or Siobhan(dot)sheerin(at)concern(dot)net

Notes to editors

  •     Some Unheard Voices can be heard at http://www.concern.net/en/unheard-voices/unheard-voices-case-studies
  •     Concern Worldwide launched its ‘Women Can’t Wait’ campaign in March 2010 with a report Women Marginal Farmers – Mobilising for Change by John Madeley.
  •     Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. We work in partnership with the very poorest people in these countries, directly enabling them to improve their lives as well as using our knowledge and experience to influence decisions made at a local, national and international level that can significantly reduce extreme poverty.

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