CSM Working Group on Women
Sophie Ogutu Dwollar – World March of Women (Kenya)
Azra Sayeed – International Women’s Alliance (Pakistan)
Miram Nobre – World March of Women (Brazil)
CSM Resource Person for the CFS Technical Task Team
Alberta Guerra – ActionAid International/IFSN (Italy)
To join the Working Group please write to the CSM Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org
Extract from MYPoW 2016-2017
CFS Forum on Women’s empowerment in the context of food security and nutrition – 2017
30. According to the State of Food and Agriculture (SOFA) released by FAO in 2010-2011, despite their crucial role in agriculture, women still “face gender-specific constraints that reduce their productivity and limit their contributions to agricultural production, economic growth and the wellbeing of their families, communities and countries”. These result in a gender gap in terms of access to land and essential resources. According to FAO, if women were given the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 percent and raise agricultural outputs in developing countries by 2.5-4 percent which in theory could reduce the overall number of hungry people by 12-17 percent (SOFA 2010-2011, Women in Agriculture). Closing the gender gap and addressing women’s nutritional challenges would have positive implications also on children’s nutritional status given that when women have more influence over economic decisions, their families allocate more income to food, health, education, children’s clothing and children’s nutrition.
31. A CFS Forum will take place during or back-to-back to CFS 44 in October 2017 to discuss the challenges that remain in economic empowerment of women and help promote a shared understanding of how those issues are evolving in the agriculture and agri-food sector. Taking into account also the recommendations of the policy roundtable on “Gender, Food Security and Nutrition” held at CFS 37 in 2011, the discussion is expected to lead to identification of policy gaps and good practices which can be broadly disseminated with a view to informing future gender-sensitive policy and represent the basis for future stocktaking and sharing of lessons.
Watch the speech of Azra Sayeed, International Women’s Alliance (IWA), Pakistan, on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Women during CFS 44 Plenary Session : Outcomes of the CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment – 11 October 2017 (Video CFS Plenary – FAO Copyright)
Watch the speech of Helen Hakena, key note speaker at the CFS44 during the session on the Outcome of the CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security – 11 October 2017 (Video CFS Plenary – FAO Copyright)
CFS 44 – 11 October 2017
Outcomes of the Forum on Women’s Empowerment in the Context of Food Security and Nutrition
Intervention of Azra Sayeed – IWA, Pakistan on behalf of the CSM Working Group on Women
First of all we would like to convey to the CFS the huge expectation, commitment and engagement that the CSM women’s grassroots organizations of smallholders, fisherfolks, agricultural and food workerslandless, consumers, indigenous peoples, pastoralists, urban food insecure and youth demonstrated towards this process since its early beginning.
We are today facilitating, once again the voices of millions of women from all over the world that call upon the CFS to urgently recognize, fulfill and protect women’s rights, our rights, in order to finally pave the path towards the realization of the CFS vision and mandate of achieving the right to food and a world free from hunger.
Patriarchy, feudalism and the current neoliberal economic models are the three main root causes for women’s inequality and food insecurity and malnutrition. Patriarchy, feudalism and neoliberalism are grabbing our lands, water, seeds, forests and natural resources, our territories, our bodies and rights; they ignore the ancestral knowledge of our indigenous sisters, criminalise our struggles, leave violence against women unpunished while opening the door to discrimination, conflict, crises, occupation, displacement and war. Keep Reading…
CFS Background Document is now available in all languages!
Download the Flyer of the CFS Forum here!
The CFS Forum on 25th September will be webcasted at the following link: http://www.fao.org/webcast/en/
Draft Calendar of the process
|7 July||Submission of 1st Draft of the Background Document to CFS members and participants|
|20 July||Advisory Group and Bureau discussion on the 1st Draft of the Background Document|
|21 July||Bureau meeting and adoption of the 1st Draft of the Background document with possible amendments|
|End of July||Revision of changes by the CFS Technical Task Team and final version of the Background Document. The document is sent to translation by the CFS.|
|23-24 September||CSM Preparatory Meeting|
|25 September||CFS Forum on Women’s Economic Empowerment|
|11 October||CFS 44 Plenary session discussion on the Outcomes of the Forum|
Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting
- First draft of the background document for the Forum on Women’s Empowerment
- Draft agenda and format of the forum
- CSM Contribution on this topic
CSM Case Studies for the CFS Background Document
- Women’s access to and control over natural resources. The case of the Community Council of Palenque Monte Oscuro (Colombia)
- KRRS/LVC: IndiaWomen’s struggle against indebtedness and microfinance companies in Karnataka (India)
- Indigenous Women of Panama (Panama): Long version and Summary version
- Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) – World Forum of Fish Harversters and Fish Workers, WFF (Uganda)
- Women Pastoralists challenges in Chad – World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People, WAMIP (Chad)
- Promoting labour rights thorugh collective bargaining – Maternity rights are food rights –(West Bengal/Pakistan), and Food workers’ access to right to food security and nutrition through permanent jobs (Indonesia/Pakistan) – International Union of Food and Agricultural Workers, IUF
- Recognition Redistribution and Reduction of unpaid care work – Thematic Report on Economic Activity for Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion – ActionAid Rwanda (Rwanda) (click also here)
Next CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting will discuss the following issues:
- Annotated outline of the background document, including a summary of the selected case studies
- The agenda and format of the Forum
- CSM Contribution to the Advisory Group and Bureau meeting
Final version of the Concept Note on the Women’s Empowerment Forum adopted by the Bureau meeting f 10 February
CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting
- The CFS Advisory Group and Bureau will discuss the draft concept note of the Women’s Empowerment Forum elaborated by the Technical Task Team, under the lead of the CFS Secretariat.
- CSM Contributions to the CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting
- CFS Bureau Outcomes