Gender and Food Security
Key resources on gender and food security, including the BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack and a selection of other key relevant resources featured from the BRIDGE global resources database.
There is more than enough food in the world to feed everyone. Yet estimates indicate that between 2012 and 2014 at least 805 million people experienced extreme, chronic malnourishment – at least 60 per cent being women and girls. Evidence shows a strong correlation between gender inequality and food and nutrition insecurity. Women’s own food security and nutrition needs – and often those of their daughters – are being neglected at the household level, where discriminatory social and cultural norms prevail.
At the same time despite constituting the majority of food producers in the world, women have limited access to local and global markets. They are also the most disadvantaged by the inequitable global economic processes that govern food systems and the increasing volatility of food prices. This is compounded by women and girls’ often limited access to productive resources, education and decision-making power, by the ‘normalised’ burden of unpaid work – including care work – and by the endemic problems of gender-based violence (GBV), and HIV and AIDS.
Whilst there are some excellent examples of local and national gender – transformative policy and practice (some of which are detailed below), there is an urgent need to change the way decision-makers think about food and nutrition issues. The current focus on increasing production which recognises the need to address women’s unequal access to productive resources is welcome, however by only focusing on economic empowerment they miss an opportunity to engage with the root causes of gender inequalities.
A re-framing of the issues is needed, one that not only promotes women’s access to productive resources but contributes to gender-just social and economic transformation as both a means to food and nutrition security and as an end-goal.
It is possible to freely download a copy of BRIDGE Cutting Edge Pack on Gender and Food Security
The Pack includes:
An In Brief, with an overview article and two case studies.
An Overview Report, outlining the main issues, showcasing effective and promising existing strategies, and suggesting rights-based, gender-just and environmentally sustainable approaches
The following is a selection of key resources related to the topic of gender and food security recently added to the BRIDGE global resources database.
You can search for more resources on the BRIDGE website, including French and Spanish ones.
BRIDGE at CSW, New York, March 9th to 20th
The 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place from 9 - 20 March.
BRIDGE, in partnership with Gender at Work, the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) and Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Argentina (FLACSO), held an event to celebrate the winners of the End Gender Discrimination Now competition.