We #ChoosetoChallenge

Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. Today, on international women's day, many women and men share how they choose to challenge. Also the team of Netherlands Food Partnership. Women are crucial in changing our food systems. That's why Netherlands Food Partnership has high expectations of the Food Systems Summit.

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This year the UN food system summit provides an excellent space to share good practices on gender mainstreaming strategies and proposals for new actions. Everybody is invited to join the preparatory process. Contact Netherlands Food Partnership if you want to know how.

Gender a lever of Change

Gender equality and food systems are intertwined: There is evidence that gender inequality causes food insecurity and that gender equality and the empowerment of women results in improved food security and nutrition. Stark gender inequalities are both a cause and an outcome of unsustainable food systems, unjust food access, consumption and production. Tackling gender injustice and truly empowering women is not only a fundamental prerequisite for food systems transformation but also a goal in itself.

The actions of this change lever is to work with all actors to achieve a gender just, transformative and equitable food systems which guarantee a world without hunger, where women, men, girls and boys have equal access to nutritious, healthy and safe food, and access to the means to produce, sell and purchase food. The Change Lever also ensures women from all around the world, those working and leading in food systems, are represented and engaged and that their voices are heard in all the processes of the UN Food Systems Summit. (Source: Food Systems Summit)

The gender community has identified seven prominent issues that can elevate gender equality, women’s empowerment and the engagement of women across all Action Tracks: women’s rights to land; economic empowerment of women in food systems; unpaid care and agricultural labour burden; women’s leadership in food systems; access to technologies (including digital); changing norms and addressing institutional barriers; and gender-responsive agricultural and food systems policies. Read the discussion starter

A lever of change can be understood as an area of work that has the potential to deliver wide-ranging positive change beyond its immediate focus. With regards to the Food Systems Summit, four levers of change have been identified: human rights, innovation, finance, and gender equality and women’s empowerment. Each of these levers cuts across all five of the Summit’s Action Tracks and each has the power to bring about significant progress, on both food systems transformation and the achievement of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

(Source: Food Systems Summit)

We can build a just and resilient world where no one is left behind


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Nicole Metz

Netherlands Food Partnership


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