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Data On Women Critical For Achieving Hunger, Gender Equality SDGs

Huffington Post: Emerging from the Field: Women and the Global Fight Against Hunger
Asma Lateef, director of the Bread for the World Institute

“In attempting to understand the conditions in which women around the world live, we have come to realize that much of the information about women simply is not available. … This absence of a full picture of women gains special importance in light of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by world leaders last month. … It has become increasingly clear that if we truly want to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, we need to focus on women’s empowerment and provide them with the tools they need to carry out their all-too-important work. …  But with the information gaps about women worldwide, we run the risk of forgetting the critical intertwined nature of ending hunger and gender equality. Though those two SDGs goals are listed separately, we simply cannot address one without addressing the other. Ending hunger can only be achieved if women are pulled out of the shadows and are empowered. With the reality of poor women playing such a large role in agriculture, nutrition, and food security, any other approach misses the point entirely” (10/29).

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