Some of the initiatives and programs making change in South Asia are:
- Development of laws guaranteeing women a place in local democracy
- Strengthening elected women leaders
- Breaking the cycle of malnutrition
- Instituting and celebrating National Girl Child Day
- Prioritizing maternal and childhood nutrition
The work in India will continue on addressing both practical and strategic gender needs of women. Intersectionalities in the work of women’s political empowerment will be explored; a gender analytical framework will be used to empower adolescent girls & address early child marriage, engage on WASH, food security & livelihoods.
In Bangladesh, THP will seek to empower and strengthen the elected representatives of Union Parishads to provide catalytic leadership, awaken and mobilize the community people, especially the women and the youth to take self-reliant actions, and build a civil society from the grassroots by mobilizing volunteers to be the change agents. The approach in Bangladesh calls for forging a partnership between the Union Parishad, government functionaries, other development actors and the community to pursue a women-focused, community-led development strategy to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What has been achieved to date?
Women leaders have prevailed, showing amazing tenacity and achieving incredible results against all odds. They have succeeded in bringing water, health, education and electricity to their villages despite threats and brutalities.
- The Hunger Project has trained more than 83,000 Elected Women Representatives in India who are bringing water and electricity to their villages
- 272,000 locally trained volunteers in Bangladesh are mobilizing their fellow villagers to take action to end their own hunger