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July 2017 Newsletter

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Girls Change Tracks

Young Girls in India Take an Extraordinary Journey

Girls Change Tracks Train When girls succeed, we all succeed! This month, a group of visionary adolescent girls embarked on an extraordinary journey from India’s state of Bihar to the state of Rajasthan to say no to child marriage and promote women’s empowerment. The young girls were joined by a contingent of local partners, animators, staff and a film crew who documented the exciting initiative.

This was much more than just a physical journey: It was a peer-learning adventure. For many of the girls, this was the first time away from home and on a train. During their travels through Rajasthan, they interacted with local girls and engaged in conversations and learning activities about the need to end child marriage and empower girls so they can grow up to be educated, healthy and strong leaders in their communities. 

The adventure was led by The Hunger Project-India in partnership with our team in Sweden as part of our work with Flickaplattformen (The Girl Child Platform), a global alliance of organizations that work to improve young girls’ status in society.

The girls from Bihar and Rajasthan have already been participating in The Hunger Project’s program for adolescent girls. Started in 2016, the program empowers girls with life skills training, promoting their engagement with governance systems and participation in local civic life.

The Adolescent Girls Program in India is just one example of our global efforts to ensure that all girls and women are empowered to achieve their full potential. Investing in the empowerment of women and girls means investing in the sustainable end of hunger and poverty. 

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Photo (top): The young girls on the journey's first day. Photo (top-right): The young girls peek out of a train during their trip from Bihar to Rajasthan. 

THP-Benin Community Partner

Shifting the Power

This month the UN High-Level Political Forum on the SDGs convened in NYC. We advocated putting resources and decision-making in the hands of local communities.

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Sewing Training in Benin, Photo: Johannes Ode

Youth Skills for the Future of Work

For World Youth Skills Day on July 15, we highlighted the importance of investing in the improved education and vocational training of young people worldwide.

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idrissa dicko obituary news

Mourning the Passing of Beloved Colleague, Professor Idrissa Dicko

The Hunger Project family around the world mourns the loss of our beloved colleague and friend, Professor Idrissa Dicko, who passed away in New York on July 6. Dr. Dicko had been with The Hunger Project for more than 20 years, first as head of our country office in Burkina Faso and then as Vice President for Africa Programs for the last seven years in the New York office.

Prof. Dicko provided regional and global leadership at the highest levels, often meeting with heads of state, ministers, regional bodies and other leaders to advocate for the adoption of gender-focused, community-led development approaches like the Epicenter Strategy. Under his leadership, the Epicenter Strategy has been greatly enhanced due to his focus on continuous learning and improvement.

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