CSM Working Group on Women

Coordinators 2017//2019: 

Iridiani Seibert – La Via Campesina (Brazil)

Azra Sayeed – International Women’s Alliance (Pakistan)

Coordinators 2016//2017

Sophie Ogutu Dwollar – World March of Women (Kenya)

Azra Sayeed – International Women’s Alliance (Pakistan)

Technical facilitator:

(2018/2019) Ruchi Tripathi – ActionAid International (UK)

(2016/2017) Miram Nobre – World March of Women (Brazil) 

CSM Resource Person for the CFS Technical Task Team

(2016/2017) Alberta Guerra – ActionAid International/IFSN (Italy)

To join the Working Group please write to the CSM Secretariat at cso4cfs@gmail.com

List of the Working Group



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March 2018

CSM Women’s Vision 


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

Read the CFS 44 Final Report with the adopted outcomes of the CFS 44 including the Outcomes of the Forum 

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…

25 September  

CFS Forum on Women’s Empowerment 

11 September

CFS Background Document is now available in all languages!

English – SpanishFrench – Russian – Arabic – Chinese

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

20 July

Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting

5 July

CSM Case Studies for the CFS Background Document

3 May

Next CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting will discuss the following issues:

10 February

Final version of the Concept Note on the Women’s Empowerment Forum adopted by the Bureau meeting f 10 February

6 February

CFS Advisory Group and Bureau Meeting