Food security, development strategies must make empowering women 'a priority'

Published on March 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM · No Comments

"Development actors may agree on the need to empower women, but it is hard to mobilize resources, and to target these resources, when the goal in question is so broad and diffuse," Olivier de Schutter, the U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food, states in an opinion piece in the Guardian's "Global Development Professionals Network." He continues, "In my report [.pdf] to the U.N. on gender and the right to food, I argue that one of the most promising approaches is to attach strong gender-sensitive elements to existing social programs in order to make these into vehicles for transforming gender roles and empowering women, at the same time as they work to alleviate poverty." He discusses examples of programs from India and Bangladesh that "show just how complex, yet worthwhile, a task this is."

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