Gender Equality and Gender Based Violence
Gender equality and gender-based violence in emergencies and development
In our fight for a world free from hunger, it’s essential that we understand the different experiences women, men, girls and boys have in the countries in which we work. For example, women and girls in South Sudan often eat last and the least within their families. In India, many young boys who travel away from home for work do not know how to cook for themselves don’t always get the proper nutrients they need. Being aware of these differences allows us to design efficient programs.
In the majority of the contexts where we work, men and boys have more privileges than women and girls. This means, women and girls have less access to education, political representation, decision making at all levels, and control over resources. We work to change these dynamics as part of our mandate: gender inequality is one of the fundamental causes of hunger.
The Action Against Hunger Gender Unit supports our organizational commitment to gender equality. We provide the tools and capacity building to our teams in nearly 50 countries, to promote an environment where gender-based violence and gender discrimination are mitigated.
OUR APPROACH TO GENDER EQUALITY
What is Gender Equality?
Why is gender equality important for our organization and our work?
Worldwide, women produce the majority of food, and they are the primary caregivers for children and other family members. Although this is fundamental for the development of societies, the caregiving economy is usually unpaid, invisible and unrecognised. This is an important factor to consider, since it is estimated that 60% of the world’s hungry are women and girls. Gender inequality leads to a higher malnutrition rates among women and girls.
What is our approach to ensuring gender responsive programming?
How does Action Against Hunger hold itself accountable for gender equality in the organization?
Action Against Hunger has developed an internal set of standards and qualification called the Gender Minimum Standards. They guide our teams on our common approach to gender, and on the basics of gender in practice.
The five standards which Action Against Hunger holds itself accountable to are:
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND NUTRITION
What is Gender Based Violence?
Why is it important for our organization to consider gender-based violence in our work?
Some examples of how gender-based violence is linked to undernutrition include:
How does Action Against Hunger integrate gender-based violence risk mitigation into its nutrition and health programmes?
Once we understand the risks and opportunities for collaboration, we can take specific actions to mitigate the risks of gender-based violence, depending on the context. Some examples include:
Thanks to funding from The State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), we are piloting a new program in Bangladesh, Mauritania and South Sudan on nutrition and gender-based violence risk mitigation. The project will specifically:
Action Against Hunger’s Gender Policy