You’re more likely to be poor if you’re a woman. You’re more likely to go hungry and be kept out of school. You’re less likely to own land or have the right to make decisions affecting your life.
Poverty has a female face. But so does the solution.
If women farmers had the same access to land, tools, seeds and credit as men, they could grow enough extra food to feed more than 100 million of the world’s hungriest people.
With our Ending Poverty Starts with Women campaign, we are putting women’s rights on the agenda. We're demanding greater government support for projects that empower women and combat violence against women that say it's ok.
Our campaign ambassador Sharon Corr has travelled to Tanzania to meet inspiring women like Ester Jerome Mtegule (pictured above) who are transforming their families and communities with Oxfam’s support.
Ester is a hard-working farmer who managed to increase her produce from five bags of groundnuts per year to 75! This helped feed her whole village.
Crowned the winner of our Female Food Heroes competition, her story was followed by around 25 million people across Tanzania through a X-Factor style TV show – more than half the country’s total population.
With your support, we can continue to help women like Ester become high-profile advocates for women’s rights in their local communities. And it's a wonderful bonus that when they can exercise their rights they can help feed the world!
Take our e-action to add your voice to our campaign today. Or help us raise funds by hosting a fun Get Together with your favourite people! Together, we can be part of the solution to poverty.