Action Against Hunger’s Gender Agenda
Men, women, boys and girls have different roles, responsibilities, and experiences that impact their vulnerability to hunger. Action Against Hunger is addressing the different needs of men, women, boys and girls in our programs, as well as creating a gender sensitive and enabling environment across our organization.
Action Against Hunger Canada is leading the network of more than 7,000 staff in encouraging deeper organizational engagement with gender issues in what we call our Gender Agenda.
Why is gender important to us?
Whether they are natural disasters or conflicts, emergencies affect millions of people each year. However, men, women, girls and boys are affected differently. This means that they will have different needs, different perceptions, and different priorities in terms of what assistance they need. Understanding gender and age differences, and acting upon them, is central to Action Against Hunger International’s mission and mandate to be prepared for and respond to emergencies and fight against hunger and malnutrition as well as ensuring long-term recovery.
Here are some examples that show how considering gender is vital in fighting against hunger:
- Food taboos, preferences and consumption patterns have an impact on tnutritional status and normally have a gender dimension, which almost universally disadvantages women and girls.
- Single men and boys separated from their families, such as through economic migration, can be at risk of undernutrition if they do not know how to cook or care for themselves.
- Lack of access to selected micro nutrients (i.e. iron) for pregnant girls and women might lead to giving birth to infants of low birth weight.
What have we done with the Gender Agenda?
The Gender Agenda started in 2013 when we revised our Gender Policy to extend the responsibilities of mainstreaming gender and considering the different roles and responsibilities of men, women, boys and girls to every department and every level of Action Against Hunger. Upon revising the policy and creating a practical toolkit to implement the policy, we have been working to mainstream and institutionalize the revised policy across the Action Against Hunger network through trainings and sensitizations. Now in the fourth phase of the gender project, we will be focusing on strengthening gender sensitivity in our projects.
Learn more: Our commitment to gender equality