Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool Against Hunger

Gender Equality and Food Security: Women's Empowerment as a Tool Against Hunger

Given the vital roles that women play in food production, preparation, processing, and distribution, ensuring their equality in educational, economic, and social opportunities must be a key component in the fight against hunger and malnutrition, a report from the argues. The report, (114 pages), examined the relationship between gender-based discrimination and the channels through which households and individuals access food and found that women and girls' limited access to education and employment opportunities not only puts them at risk of material deprivation and negative health outcomes, but also prevents them from fulfilling their roles as food producers and caregivers. Among other things, the study outlines ways to improve access to food, including increasing the productivity of women food producers, expanding access to wage employment in rural areas, and providing social protection programs, while also empowering women to improve their families' nutrition and care.