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Women's economic empowerment critical for safeguarding food security

21 March 2016

The loss of crops in floods caused by Tropical Cyclone Winston has undermined the livelihood of the family who grows it, but also that of market vendors and countless customers who relied on this produce each day. More

Women’s key role in agricultural production emphasized

24 October 2014

African leaders called for greater investment in women in order to increase agricultural production and improve livelihoods, at a three-day Sharefair on Rural Women’s Technologies to Improve Food Security, Nutrition and Productive Farming. More

Our expert's take: Why do women remain invisible, in spite of their presence?

23 July 2014

Venge Nyirongo joined UN Women's Economic Empowerment Section in March 2014, to support the organization's strategic and policy focus on Sustainable Development. He writes about women's critical, yet often unrecognized, role in food security. More

Empowering women in natural resource management critical for lasting peace in war-torn countries, says UN report

06 November 2013

Ensuring that women have better access to, and control of, natural resources such as land, water, forests and minerals can improve the chances of long-term peace and recovery in war-torn countries, according to a new report released by the United Nations today. More

Sahel Conference says women’s full participation essential to conflict resolution and economic recovery

09 April 2013

Some 40 women from the Sahel met today to underline the crucial contributions women from the region are making to economic recovery, political stability and conflict prevention, and to explore ways to enhance their role in these areas. More

Pooling resources for local development: Tanzanian women take matters into their own hands

15 January 2013

In the southern highlands of Tanzania, women entrepreneurs are gaining economic independence and access to decision-making after creating a Food Processing Trust. It is the result of training and community consultations supported by UN Women and local government authorities. More

Circles of life: Community groups in Zimbabwe turn early warnings into early action

16 May 2012

For years Beauty, 52, carried out menial tasks in return for food in Mashonaland East, a rural district in Zimbabwe. She couldn't sell at the city market because it was considered neither safe nor appropriate for women in her community, where vendors routinely wait overnight for markets to open. She was little involved in village decisions about its agricultural or economic affairs. More

Joint statement of UN Women and WFP on Earth Day: “Women must be drivers of sustainable development”

20 April 2012

We, the Executive Directors of the World Food Programme and UN Women dedicate this Earth Day to the young girls who spend a full day in search of firewood, to the mothers who sell food rations to buy fuel for their family, and to the countless women who are forced to skip meals because wood is not available or unaffordable to cook their food. More

International Women’s Day Observances and Events

13 March 2012

The UN theme for International Women's Day 2012, celebrated annually on 8 March, is “Empower Rural Women - End Hunger and Poverty. Here are some of the events that took place during this year's festivities throughout the world. More

Palestinian Women: Bread Makers, Bread-Winners

22 February 2012

It is 6.30 a.m. in the West Bank, part of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), and Istethkar Abdelkarim has already been working for two hours. And yet she couldn't be happier. More

Food Security must be a 21st Century Priority

17 October 2011

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, keynote address at the ceremony to commemorate World Food Day Rome, Italy, 17 October, 2011. More

End Hunger and Advance Food Security – Empower Rural Women

13 October 2011

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet statement for the International Day of Rural Women, to be observed on 15 October 2011 More

UN-Women and CIDA Joint Statement of Action

05 October 2011

UN Women and CIDA joint statement of action at closing of Conference on Women's Economic Empowerment. Ottawa, October 3-5, 2011. More

Empowering Rural Women and Food Security

23 September 2011

Closing Remarks of Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women at the open dialogue on “Empowering Rural Women for Food and Nutrition Security on the occasion of the sixty sixth session of the United Nations general assembly, New York, 22 September 2011. More

Media Advisory: Empowering Rural Women for Food and Nutrition Security

16 September 2011

You are cordially invited to an interactive luncheon co-hosted by the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), the Government of Bangladesh and the Netherlands Mission to the United Nations. The discussion will be moderated by award-winning ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour and will focus on the urgent need to empower rural women for food and nutrition security. Open to the press. More

Statement by Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet on the Famine in Somalia

11 August 2011

The most severe drought in decades is threatening the lives of more than 12 million people in the Horn of Africa, with the people of Somalia facing the greatest risks resulting from armed conflict and lack of sustainable security and governance. This confluence of famine and conflict is particularly devastating for women and children. More

Michelle Bachelet Signs FAO’s 1billionhungry Petition

23 September 2010

Santiago, Chile — UN Women's Under-Secretary-General and former Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, joined the “1billionhungry Project from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), adding her signature to those of 85,000 people fighting to end hunger all around the world. More

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