Women play critical roles in ensuring food security and proper nutrition of families. According to the Labor Force Survey (2016-17), women account for nearly half of the work force in agriculture and nearly 3/4th of the rural female work force is engaged in agriculture in Bangladesh. Despite their crucial role in delivering food security, women are common victims to malnutrition, unhealthy food consumptions, lack of accessibility to necessary healthcare services among other crises. It is essential to recognize the position and challenges of women and formulate action plans accordingly to ensure a sustainable and inclusive food system for the society.
Experts shared these observations at an independent virtual dialogue titled “Women in the Food Systems: The Invisible Indispensable” held on 3 June 2021 organized by CARE Bangladesh in association with BRAC, UNFPA, UN Women and Wave Foundation. This dialogue is organized as part of the preparation for the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit 2021. The event was attended by government officials, development practitioners, academia, experts, media professionals. The discussions from this event will support developing a national vision for the future of women in the food system.
Here is news paper coverage links:
Dhaka Post: https://en.dhakapost.com/national/671
The Financial Express: https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/national/call-for-inclusion-of-women-in-sustainable-food-systems-1622793593?fbclid=IwAR12bDn9WU5iecdJXbk_OTCyTCQ9YS35oZXf0211rESeqk6hq5JgPjdBUCI
NTV Online: https://en.ntvbd.com/bangladesh/lack-proper-official-recognition-left-women-smallholder-farmers-stake
Dhaka Tribune: https://www.dhakatribune.com/feature/2021/06/04/lack-of-proper-official-recognition-left-women-smallholder-farmers-at-stake
The Daily Star: https://www.thedailystar.net/city/news/women-play-critical-roles-food-security-speakers-2105569