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Food-security strategies must involve women, De Schutter says

The empowerment of women can be enabled by adjusting food-security and anti-poverty programs, writes Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food. "Food security and anti-poverty strategies must be transformative and make the redistribution of roles between women and men a priority. This is the only way to make sure that the social investment intended to sustain the poor does not also sustain the gender divisions that characterise poverty and keep it locked in place," De Schutter argues. The Guardian (London) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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"UNICEF has marked the second anniversary of the Syria conflict with a chilling new report detailing the effects of two years of civil conflict on children. The report, Syria's Children: A Lost Generation is a horrid reminder of the basic fact of most war: children suffer first, and suffer the most."

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    Indian girls are eager for education, but that eduction is lacking in quality even though India is now classified as middle class, argues Rachel Williams. Rhitu Chatterjee writes that while gender issues still hinder girls from pursuing their education, there are glimmers of hope that girls are overcoming restrictions to embrace opportunities. The Guardian (London) (3/11), PRI's The World (Boston) (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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