Women primary agents of change to fight malnutrition

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A woman farmer harvests rice by hand. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Women are the primary agents of change in combating malnutrition, according to a member of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous People.

Munkh-bolor Gungaa was speaking on behalf of civil society at the closing ceremony of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2).

The three-day conference was organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to tackle the global problem of malnutrition.

It brought together more than 2200 participants, including government representatives from 165 countries.

Speaking on behalf of civil society, Ms Gungaa said the conference failed to take into account the evidence of women's roles in supporting healthy nutrition.

“The full realization of women's human rights is central to the pursuit of the right to adequate food and nutrition for all. As such, we call upon Member States to institute policies that empower women, including paid maternity leave, support for breastfeeding in the workplace, and universal social protection. (0'21")

Ms Gungaa added that civil society urged the international community to ensure the social recognition of unpaid work, and to promote a more equal division between men and women of household tasks.

She also called on governments to ensure that all forms of violence against women are eradicated.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations, Rome.

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