Empower a Woman.

Enabling women in the developing world
to achieve gender equity in their communities.

8 March - 30 April 2020

An equal world is better for everyone.

As we work towards a more equitable society here in Aotearoa, we must not leave our sisters in the developing world behind. The challenges they face are enormous, and they've been stigamised, shamed, and silenced for too long.
No matter who you are or where you live, you can choose to make a difference. Join Empower a Woman and help us raise $25,000 to enable women in the developing world to achieve gender equity in their communities. 

To achieve an equal world, equity must be achieved for every woman.

Empower a Woman is a movement to forge women’s equity globally. Here in Aotearoa, we’ve made substantial progress towards a more equitable society for women. We led the way by being the first country in the world to give women the vote. Now it’s a given that a woman can be economically empowered and hold influential leadership roles in her community. 


I think that we're near normalising women in leadership. In a role like Prime Minister, if you've got three, then you're pretty close to normalising it.


Jacinda Ardern - Prime Minister of NZ

This is not the case for women in the developing world. They continue to be subjected to discriminatory laws and denied the opportunity to gain economic independence. They still face barriers with respect to their sexual and reproductive rights which increases maternal mortality and drastically limits their opportunities. 

While we're working to get more women onto governance boards, our sisters are fighting for the basic right to choose how they live their life.


of the 820 million people living in hunger are women.


mothers die giving birth every year due to inadequate healthcare.

One third

of the world's girls are married before the age of 18.


as many girls as boys don't get to go to school.

Holding women back prevents all of society from progressing.

The gender discussion can’t just be about pay equity and leadership roles. For a gender equal world to be a reality, equality has been achieved for women and girls everywhere, so we must address the millions of women living in hunger and poverty.

This is a gender based problem. Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting the basic needs of their family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and agency they need to fulfill this responsibility.

That's why we firmly believe that empowering women to be key agents of change is an essential element to ending hunger and poverty for good. And wherever we work, our programs aim to support women and build their capacity.

When women are economically empowered, it has an amplifier effect in the community and all of society benefits. 

What can you do?

Partner with a woman in the rural areas that we work. Empower her to have a voice, equip her to change systems that prevent women from achieving their potential, and enable her to advance gender equity in her community.

Join Empower a Woman and become part of a generation of change makers creating better futures for everyone!


By contributing to The Hunger Project NZ you are empowering women to create generational change in their communities, investing in a brighter future for all women, and a world that is better for everyone.

Donate $200 or more and receive a complimentary ticket to our Purposeful Leadership for Women workshop!


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Host a dinner party, hold a bake sale at work or run a marathon - it's up to you. Big or small, every little bit counts because collectively we can make a difference. If you don't want to do it on your own, sign up as a team with friends and fundraise for together! We've got lost of fundraising tips to get you started here.

It's easy to set up a personalised fundraising page on our website. You'll get a link to share with people you know so they can donate online to your campaign. 


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Purposeful Leadership for Women.

 26 March 2020        Auckland

Join our powerful hands-on, half-day workshop geared towards helping women live a more purposeful life. Gain the tools to define a vision for your life, be inspired to achieve that vision, and learn how to shift your mindset to overcome what's holding you back.


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What impact could you have?


Could train one volunteer activist in Bangladesh who will mobilise their community to get education, health care, better sanitation, tackle gender discrimination and transform harmful social and cultural practices so that everyone has the opportunity to shape their own future, free from hunger and poverty.


Could support one Women’s Empowerment Program workshop for up to 60 people in Africa. This fosters an environment that empowers women to take up strategic positions in decision-making bodies and become advocates for human rights, gender-based issues and developmental needs within their communities.


Could train one elected woman in India for 1 year on how to be an effective local council member to set her on a path to shape processes that give priority to basic services such as water, electricity and education so she can meet the developmental needs of her community.

When one woman leads.


I am working to ensure that women can fearlessly demand their rights. The day we let fear overpower us the battle is lost. 


Pushpa Devi - Elected Woman Representative, Sevahi panchayat, India