Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world for its size – with a population of 161 million people and land space equal to the size of the top half of the North Island of New Zealand. Thirty one percent of the population lives under the national poverty line – most of whom are women and children.
The disproportionate amount of poor women and children is directly due to the discrimination and exclusion from girls in society. Traditional practices such as dowries, child marriage and eating last have created a dangerous context for girls and women in Bangladesh. In order to end hunger we must address these societal issues that prevent women from being included in society.
We know from research that when women are empowered society benefits – women do the most to improve health, nutrition and education which then has broad reaching benefits for all.
The Hunger Project has created initiatives in Bangladesh that aim to break the cycle of lifelong discrimination against women and girls. This includes training geared at women to encourage them to become active leaders in their communities. The Hunger Project has also launched campaigns to end domestic violence and most importantly child marriage to ensure that girls can flourish and become active and recognised members of society.
To date we have 272,000 locally trained volunteers in Bangladesh.
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