Link between Gender Inequality and Food insecurity

Link between Gender Inequality and Food insecurity

News: Recently, a report was released named “Food Security and Gender Equality: A synergistic understudied symphony”, which highlighted a global link between Gender Inequality and Food Insecurity.

Who released the report?
• The Report was released by CARE, which is an international humanitarian organisation fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls.

Key Findings:

Gender inequality and Food security
• The gap between men and women’s food security is growing worldwide.
• Across 109 countries, as gender inequality goes up, food security goes down. Between 2018 and 2021, the number of hungry women versus hungry men grew 8.4 times, with a staggering 150 million more women than men hungry in 2021.

More the Gender inequality, more the malnourished people
• Nations with high gender inequality, such as Yemen, Sierra Leone and Chad, experienced the lowest food security and nutrition.

Women employed experienced less food insecurity
• When women are employed and earning money or when they are directly involved in farming, they are less likely to experience food insecurity.

Key Recommendations:
• As women keep feeding the world, they must be given the right space in the data collection methods and analysis to make the gaps they encounter visible and work with women themselves to find solutions to those gaps.
• It is time to update global understanding of food security and gender inequality, and local actors, including women’s organizations in crisis-affected communities, need to get the flexible funding and support desperately needed to protect women and girls from hunger-associated gender-based-violence and protection risks.
• All the SDGs depend on the achievement of Goal 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Gender equality by 2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still curtail women’s rights in private and public spheres.

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