Particularly in many regions of India, women are threatened by hunger and malnutrition due to gender inequality, even though they are the persons responsible for food production.
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08.03.2019

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Women in rural areas are among the population groups whose human rights and food security are particularly threatened by climate change. The German human rights organisations FIAN and terre des hommes are drawing attention to this on 8 March on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day on 8 March, the human rights organisations FIAN and terre des hommes are calling attention to the specific discrimination against women in rural regions, which is being further worsened by climate change and global warming.

In a press statement, FIAN notes that in countries around the equator in particular, global warming is already resulting in an unreliable alternation of dry and rainy seasons, leading to harvest losses and lack of access to drinking and non-potable water.

“Women in rural areas are disproportionately affected by hunger. At the same time, women are generally responsible for feeding their families,” explains Gertrud Falk, officer responsible for gender equity at FIAN.  “From conditioning the seed through to cultivation and harvest, and the choice of the seed for the next season, the work of subsistence farming is mostly done by women.” In the countries of the Global South, women small-scale farmers grow 45-80 per cent of the food.

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