We Effect puts gender just agriculture in focus at CSW

Betty Makiseru Kwefaako is a member of a We Effect supported cooperative in Uganda.

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings. We Effect will participate with representatives from Sweden, Africa, Latin America and the Balkans.

The priority theme for this year’s CSW is Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

As an effect of the corona crisis, a staggering two billion people go to bed hungry every night. Globally, women have a 27 per cent higher risk than men of facing moderate to severe food insecurity. For We Effect, participating in CSW65 is an opportunity to highlight the interconnectedness between women’s representation and rights, hunger and gender based violence.

One of the most important recommendations from We Effect to decision makers at the CSW65 is to invest more in sustainable and gender just agriculture and to ensure that women’s economic empowerment is at the center of national food security strategies in order to guarantee women’s right to food and making sure initiatives reach women small-scale farmers.

On Thursday 18 March at 3PM (CET), Camilla Lundberg Ney, advocacy coordinator at We Effect will participate in the event Women in leadership for a just recovery. The event is arranged by the International Cooperative Alliances’ gender committee. For more information regarding the event and registration, visit https://crm.ica.coop/civicrm/mailing/view?id=2443&amp%3Breset=1

In Spanish here: https://crm.ica.coop/civicrm/mailing/view?id=2442&amp%3Breset=1

The event will highlight how a just recovery from the corona crisis can be done in a sustainable and gender just way. For We Effect, it is important to recognise that for women and girls the consequences of the corona pandemic have so far been more hunger and more violence. Therefore, it is central that women’s rights and gender equality is at the heart of all recovery initiatives.

Read more in We Effect’s policy brief: Women’s rights – putting gender justice on the table.

Betty Makiseru Kwefaako is a member of a We Effect supported cooperative in Uganda.