Left Out and Left Behind: Ignoring Women Will Prevent Us from Solving the Hunger Crisis

  • Publication Date: August 26, 2020
  • Organizations: CARE
  • Donor Type: Non-Governmental Organization

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Women made up 24 percent of national COVID-19 responses.
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CARE is pleased to share Left Out and Left Behind: Ignoring Women Will Prevent Us from Solving the Hunger Crisis, a new report on the importance of tackling gender inequality in response to the COVID-19 and hunger crises.

Despite the significant roles women play in food systems, global responses to COVID-19 and related hunger crises are either ignoring women and girls or treating them as victims who have no role in addressing the problems they face. CARE’s report includes new analysis of how well nearly 75 global, regional, and national reports, strategies, and statements on the COVID-19-induced hunger crisis address the reality of women and girls and gender inequality.

Addressing gender inequalities will help deconstruct the barriers these women face, boosting productivity, promoting good nutrition, and leading to better outcomes for women, girls, and their communities. The report includes actionable recommendations for governments and UN actors to curb the hunger crisis, address gender inequality in the COVID-19/hunger crisis response, and create equal food systems.