COVID-19 drives an increase in hunger that hits women hardest
The economic fallout from COVID-19 has driven an unprecedented increase in hunger — up 82% from a year ago, to an astounding 270 million people categorized as chronically hungry around the world. A whopping 70% of them are women and girls. And for them, hunger leads to other dangers, such as child marriages, transactional sex and human trafficking. As The World's Rupa Shenoy reports, local volunteers are stepping in to help while the international humanitarian community struggles to raise funds.