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International Women’s Day 2013: Ending gender-based violence and boosting food security (IFAD)
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) published the following information to recognize International Women’s Day. Read an excerpt here click the link below to see the full post on patterns of violence, collaboration, and economic empowerment.
ROME, Italy – People around the world have celebrated International Women’s Day on 8 March every year since 1975. This year, the United Nations observance highlights the urgent need for action to end violence against women. For IFAD and its partners, that means empowering rural women and girls through, improved livelihoods, access to education and opportunities for safer, more dignified lives. It also means addressing gender-based violence as both a fundamental human rights issue and a serious impediment to food and nutrition security.
IFAD’s own policy on gender equality and women’s empowerment states that strengthening gender equality makes a major contribution to improving food security, reducing child malnutrition and promoting inclusive economic growth that can lift rural people out of poverty. However, it is clear that gender-based violence in a rural context hinders agricultural development and food security. Injuries and illnesses caused by violence and abuse limit the livelihood options of women in their most productive years. At the same time, stigma may deprive them of access to technical knowledge, training, basic services and other essentials.