What do most women need

Women are most hungry

Women fight for their right to food around the world

Whether in cultivation, harvesting, preparation or consumption: women play a central role in the global food systems. However, their specific needs are ignored in many societies. Political and social structures dominated by men, sexism, a lack of legal equality, discrimination in access to resources, etc. prevent equal participation.

Women are therefore more severely affected by hunger on all continents.

The rise of authoritarian governments exacerbates discrimination against women, rural populations and minorities. Among other things, this means that migrant women and dark-skinned women are disproportionately affected by food insecurity and acute poverty.

In large parts of the world women are also underrepresented in society or excluded from political decisions - in their own village and in world politics. Even in data collection, women are not adequately considered. This often closes a cycle of discrimination: since a lot of data is not broken down by gender, specific problems of women can usually only be examined and presented selectively.

But women organize against all odds. The yearbook proves this impressively: Examples from Mali and India show how women grow nutritious food in a socially and ecologically fair manner; in the streets of Brazil they demonstrate against violence in the agricultural sector at the “March of the Daisies”; Migrants from Central to North America unite against violence and hunger; In northern Syria, women's cooperatives grow food together. And last but not least, women at the United Nations World Food Council in Rome urge that international decisions take their concerns into account.

Violence-based aspects need to be exposed

The essays in this year's yearbook highlight important steps for empowering women in the context of the right to food. Violence-based aspects of nutrition must first be uncovered and overcome, as the nutrition and physical autonomy of women are often restricted by authoritarianism and religious conservatism. In all parts of the world women are being exploited and their land and resources are expropriated. Abuses must be backed up with comprehensive statistics and figures - because if women’s problems are not made visible, they are ignored. And social movements must also be made more inclusive in order to adequately take into account the roles of women and their specific needs.

To overcome the current crises - hunger, global warming, poverty, extinction of species, etc. - the authors call for the creation of food and women's movements in order to strengthen the rights of women and girls and to create fairer food systems. Collective rights, e.g. to land and water, must be protected and inequality and poverty overcome. Compliance with human rights is the indispensable basis for this.

The right to food yearbook will be available from October 16 at the link provided.