Blogger Against Hunger:International Women’s Day 2010

If you look on the right sidebar of my homepage you will see a badge that declares that I have become a “Blogger Against Hunger”.

This all started when I was sent an e-mail from the World Food Programme. It said that, as a blogger, I could help them to get their message across to more people and use my “way with words” to help them in their cause of trying to do something to overcome the enormous problems of world hunger.

It did not take me long to sign up. I have always wanted to do something to relieve world poverty and have often contributed some money. I am a longtime supporter of Unicef and have rattled the tins outside of supermarkets in the past. I still give regularly to this organisation which does so much to try and help children to eat, to get an education and to be healthy.

The World Food Programme is trying to concentrate on just one aspect of these problems but a basic one…. that people get enough to eat to live.

Living as I do, in Britain where hunger and poverty may exist but is not apparent as one walks the streets, the pictures that you see from the streets of Mumbai for example really make you aware of the fact that real poverty exists in this world.

I looked up the WFP site and found the following stark photo:

Another stark statistic is that one child dies every six seconds on our wonderful planet from hunger related illness and disease!

I am therefore more than happy, indeed proud, to have been asked to be a “Blogger Against Hunger”.

I have been given my first assignment by the WFP which is to publicise:

International Women’s Day, March 8

Women are the front line against hunger. They not only cook food for their families, but also produce between 60-80% of food in developing nations.

And yet, 60% of chronically hungry people are women and girls. We’re asking people to send a message of solidarity at wfp.org/women

I will end by letting you see the video that has been made for International Women’s Day. Unfortunately, a complaint that you will hear from me as ever, it is available on Youtube which so many schools have blocked…. is this not another example of why we should have choice for what our pupils can see from Youtube?

As I know that many of my readers are educators like me, I can only say that I hope you may have time to bring International Women’s Day to the attention of your pupils/students and they can look up the WFP site… maybe you can find a way to let them see the video… or of course they can always access it at home!

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