Women and Food Security on International Women's Day
March 8th was International Women’s Day. In a joint statement from the FAO, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), WFP, and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the leaders of those organizations touched on the deep connections between women, violence, and food security. In much of the developing world, women are the primary producers of food consumed by rural households. However, gender hierarchies often lead to women eating last or eating less compared to their male counterparts.
Additionally, women are typically the victims of domestic abuse, and are extra vulnerable in conflict and refugee situations. These types of violence do great harm to the women involved, and they impact the family at large as well. When violence against women is endemic to an area, food security, household consumption, education, and the like are all severely impacted. In order to promote other development goals like education and overall economic growth, the international community needs to turn its eyes toward female empowerment, food security, and safety from violence.
To read the full statement, click here.