Dear Friends and Supporters:

I hope that you will join me and the rest of the Freedom from Hunger team today in celebrating International Women’s Day.

It represents an appropriate opportunity to reflect upon an important role that we play in the lives of the women that we are so very privileged to serve. Every day, they fight a heroic struggle, often in the face of tremendous odds, to provide a future of dignity and hope for their families. Freedom from Hunger empowers these deserving women, providing them with critical tools so that they can meet their basic needs, play a greater role in their communities and have a voice in their homes.

In 1975, during International Women's Year, the United Nations began celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th. Two years later, in December 1977, the General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming a United Nations Day for Women's Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by member states, in accordance with their historical and national traditions. In adopting this resolution, the General Assembly recognized the important role of women in peace efforts and development and urged an end to discrimination and support for women's full and equal participation.

Today, International Women's Day is celebrated around the world. It recognizes and commemorates the progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment. It is a time both to reflect on past struggles and accomplishments and look forward to the new and exciting opportunities that await future generations.

At Freedom from Hunger, our work improves food security and nutrition. We do this by expanding access to financial services as well as education, health care and business skills training. The glue for all of this is the social capital and relationships that we forge with our partners so that the women can support each other, strive and succeed.

I hope that you will join me today in celebrating the tremendous accomplishments of these women. We are proud to work on their behalf and we are grateful to you for helping us serve.


Steve Hollingworth
President and CEO