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Blog entry If You Are A Woman...

08 March 2012

To all our players (male and female) Happy International Women's Day! However, today will not be celebrated by many women worldwide.

The majority of the hungriest in the world are women, but ironically in developing nations over 55% of the food produced is grown and harvested by women farmers. Put simply, in developing countries women produce most of the food but have less to eat.

Here are some more facts about women to think about:

  • If you are a woman in Malawi, you will spend 9 hours a day fetching water and wood (more time than you spend sleeping).
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  • If you are a woman in Gabon, you will do 90% of the farm work but still go hungry.
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  • And if you are a pregnant woman in a developing country, you will be iron deficient, leaving you exhausted and more likely to die during childbirth.
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Women Are The Frontline Against Hunger

However, women are an essential weapon in the fight against hunger. Research shows an educated mother is likely to have healthier children, who are less likely to die during infancy and more likely to attend school themselves.

In fact, if you're reading this, it is very likely that you're a woman: a recently Freerice survey showed that more than 60% of Freericers are female.

For this reason, empowering women is a priority for the Word Food Programme and Freerice. The school meals programmes encourages parents to send their kids (and daughters) to school, by providing meals and take-home rations at school.

You have already met one of the girls growing a strong mind and body thanks to school meals - remember Molly?

In honour of International Women's Day, you can take Molly’s Quiz and feed a child. For every quiz taken, WFP can provide one more nutritious meal for a child like Molly in school.

Thank you for much-needed grains of rice you raise, and for making today a happier day for many women.

Freerice is maintained by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. To find out more go to WFP.org

Comments
Fri, 03/09/2012 - 00:37 felicetga

Congrats women, from a man that helps freerice !

Fri, 03/09/2012 - 00:18 CSP 7th Grade

Stay Togetherr Forever !

Thu, 03/08/2012 - 22:58 Happytoe

This is very interesting

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