On behalf of Concern Worldwide, thank you to all those who signed the “Women Can’t Wait” petition!
By the eve of the Millennium Development Goal Summit, 10,336 people from across the globe had signed the “Women Can’t Wait” petition.
The “Women Can’t Wait” campaign urged global leaders to act now and support women in the fight against hunger by:
- Listening to their voices and ensuring that women are included in decision-making
- Developing gender-sensitive policy and programs that recognize women’s roles, challenges and needs
- Ensuring money and funding reaches them to help them bring about change.
As Tom Arnold, CEO of Concern Worldwide, said, “We must listen to the voices of poor women farmers and make them central to the fight against hunger and malnutrition.”
On Tuesday, September 21st, Mr. Arnold delivered the “Women Can’t Wait” petition signatures to the UN where they were received by Dr David Nabarro, UN Special Representative on Food Security and Nutrition. Dr Nabarro received the petition very positively, saying:
“I welcome Concern’s Women Can’t Wait campaign, which has the support of over 10,000 signatories worldwide. Hunger is one of the most important challenges facing our world today, and it is essential that we acknowledge the central role women play as farmers, mothers, and providers of food to their families. All of us have a responsibility to make sure that by 2015, significant progress has been made in ending hunger for good.”
Thank you again for joining Concern in the fight to end hunger and supporting the “Women Can’t Wait” campaign. Together we can make a difference.