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Flooding in Pakistan: Fears for Nutrition and Food Security

Flooding in Pakistan: Fears for Nutrition and Food Security Devastating flooding in Pakistan has swept away crops and stockpiles and left large areas of farmland under water, deteriorating the precarious food and nutrition security in the country. The communities who were already living on the edge now need to cope with this sudden shock of […]

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Training on Enhancing Capacities on Nutrition-Sensitive Programming

November 15-16th 2022 (virtual)   21 – 25th November 2022 (in-person)  IIRR Yen Center, Silang, Cavite, Philippines Application deadline: 27th September Malnutrition and hunger continue to afflict children and adults alike across the world, affecting their growth, development, and productivity. If unaddressed, undernutrition has serious short and long-term consequences for a child’s development. Access to, and […]

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International Women’s Day: Women in Food Systems with Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq

Do you feel that food systems support you as a woman? Women have a prominent role all across the value chain of the food system, for instance as farmers and food producers, merchandisers, educators, cooks, servers, and leaders of food organizations. Food systems enhance women participation and benefits they receive through improved access to resources […]

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International Women’s Day: Interview with Martha Nyagaya

Are you a women working in food systems, what do you do? Yes, I am Nutrition International’s Country Director in Kenya. In this role I lead program planning, development and implementation of multisectoral nutrition programs. I also manage relations with Donors, Government of Kenya and other key local stakeholders. As the Chair of the SUN […]

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International Women’s Day: Women as a change agent in ensuring food security

Women in Food Systems: A story by HKI Vietnam Bui Thi Hoai, a young Muong mother in Chi Dao commune shared that after two years of attending the Enhanced Homestead Food Production project, she has gained lots of new knowledge about nutrition and agriculture, that she never known before. Thanks to the monthly communication sessions and […]

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International Women’s Day: Mother’s milk as part of the food system

I’m Linh – a breastfeeding mother. I am lucky to have a full house with two beautiful daughters in Hanoi, Viet Nam, both of whom were exclusively breastfed. I start each day happily breastfeeding my seven-month-old baby. Breast milk is the #firstfood, the perfect source of nutrition for babies in the first two years and […]

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Life under the Taliban: Obstacles faced in Afghanistan

Part 3: Rising food prices Written by Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq, Programme Director and Co-Founder of Action for Development who provide vital health and education services in Afghanistan to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals through cost-effective, cascade-model projects that allow for community participation and empowerment. Afghanistan has been struggling with conflict for over 40 years. The […]

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The SUN Civil Society Network launches its new 5-year strategy!

Why do we need a new CSN strategy? The Civil Society Network 3.0 strategy (2021-2025) constitutes an essential guide to rally all civil society members’ collective efforts behind a strong mission and vision. The CSN 3.0 strategy was designed for the Network by the Network, in alignment with the overall SUN Movement 3.0 strategy. As such, the […]

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SUN PfSl: International Women’s Day Program – 2021

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th of March every year. As an organization that works for the improvement of the nutritional status of the community, SUN PF also joins with various programs for Women’s Day every year. This is primarily because proper nutrition of women contributes to the nutritional wellbeing of the entire population […]

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International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th of March every year. As an organization that works for the improvement of the nutritional status of the community, SUN PF also joins with various programs for Women’s Day every year. This is primarily because proper nutrition of women contributes to the nutritional wellbeing of the entire population of a country. In 2021, SUN PF collaborated with Sarvodaya Women’s Movement and organized a special event in the Gampaha District.

A programme to celebrate Women’s day 2021 was held on 18 March 2021 in Gampaha (Viddyasekara Piriwena, Bandiyamulla). The theme of International Women’s Day 2021 was: “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”. 52 women leaders from civil society and community based organisations participated in the event. This is a joint programme with Sarvodaya Women’s Movement.

Participants for the programme

Content of the Programme

The program had four sessions that were very interesting with timely topics used.

1.“Social leader’s role in future under the pandemic situation” and “Women’s role and responsibilities in humanitarian and disaster response” Resource Person: Dr. Ashanthi Balapitiya (Consultant, Health Promotion Bureau, Ministry of Health)

Dr. Ashanthi Balapitiya mentioned that, as women, it is very much important to be prepared to face the emergency situations and also be responsible in a pandemic situation such as COVID-19. She further explained about the importance of following social distancing and hygienic practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition she explained about the importance of vaccination against COVID-19 and requested women leaders to act responsibly and support the authorities in the prevention, control and management programmes.

Dr. Asanthi Balapitiya conducting the session

2. “Women health and nutrition” Resource Person: Mrs. Dilka Peiris (Nutrition Specialist and Project Director of the SUN PF)

In this session participants were made aware of nutrition related issues of the country including malnutrition and Non- Communicable Diseases. The recently published statistical data of Sri Lanka and especially the Gampaha district relating to women’s health were shared. Mrs Dilka Peiris mentioned that it is very important to break the vicious cycle of malnutrition by improving the women and girls’ nutritional status. Additionally, she shared the messages on food and nutrition behavioural practices that contribute to having a healthy life. During the event, the nutritional status of the participants were also analysed by taking the anthropometric measurements and participants were trained to calculate their BMI level.

Mrs. Dilka Peiris Conduct the session

3. Awareness session on Domestic and External Violence. Resource Person: Ms. Lalitha Peiris (nutrition and social activist)


Ms. Lalitha Peiris shared about how and when violence and harassment originate; and how a mother should treat sons and daughters equally without discriminating female children in the family. She mentioned the importance of a mother teaching children from a young age to respect others. Further she explained that the importance of having a conducive family environment for children to grow.

Measuring body weight and height and awareness on BMI level

4. Panel Discussion and sharing session


After the sessions, a panel discussion was conducted on the key areas discussed and all resource persons represented the panel. They gave their input and discussed the questions asked by the participants. Participants also shared their experience about working as women leaders in the communities.

Mrs. Lalitha Peiris conducting the session