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Oxfam “Sisters on the Planet” Event Harnesses Star Power to Promote Women’s Role in Fighting Hunger

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On International Women’s Day, 2012, Oxfam America hosted more than 70 powerful women from around the United States and the world in Washington, DC for a Sisters on the Planet Summit to lobby U.S. policymakers to support women’s access to the resources and rights they need to feed the world.

Convening more than 100 meetings on the Hill with lawmakers, Oxfam Ambassadors including actress Kristin Davis, former Haitian Prime Minister Michelle Pierre-Louis, and Top Chef Masters competitor Mary Sue Milliken asked Congress to support Feed the Future, which builds the capacity of small-scale women farmers. Sisters on the Planet also lobbied Members of Congress to adopt reforms to U.S. food aid.

In her keynote remarks at the summit, Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, noted the importance of the President’s Feed the Future initiative in giving women farmers the tools and opportunity to sustainably feed their own communities and escape poverty.

Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development Tjada McKenna also addressed the Oxfam Ambassadors, discussing the newly released Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index as an innovative tool for helping the development community better understand how women benefit from investments in agriculture relative to men. You can read the full press release or blogs covering the Sisters on the Planet event at

Feed the Future caught up with celebrity chef Mary Sue Milliken and other Oxfam Ambassadors to discuss the importance of global food security and women’s role in fighting hunger. Check out the video on Feed the Future’s Facebook page!

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