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Celebrating Women and Girls: Change Agents for Food and Nutrition Security in Conflict Settings

March 28, 2018 • 9:00 – 10:30 am EDT

Current social movements have focused an overdue spotlight on the disadvantages faced by women and girls around the world. Join us for a discussion of both the challenges of persistent gender inequality and the inspiring strength and resilience of women and girls, especially vis-à-vis their contributions to food and nutrition security in unstable environments.

Natural and manmade disasters often reinforce and even augment gender disparities, undermining women’s prospects for recovery. The long-term and intergenerational consequences of malnutrition are also disproportionately borne by women. In light of compelling evidence that gender-sensitive investments yield impressive returns in agricultural and nutrition programming, are development stakeholders sufficiently focused on women’s empowerment? How can we better harness and leverage the strength of women as change agents in both the humanitarian and development context?

This dialogue is part of the joint CSIS Global Food Security Project and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Liaison Office for North America speaker series on agricultural development.

Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food and Water Security Program

Kavita Ramdas

Former President and CEO, Global Fund for Women & Strategy Advisor, MADRE

Vimlendra Sharan

Director, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Liaison Office for North America (FAOLOW)

Ilaria Sisto

Gender and Capacity Development Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Mara Russell

Director of Food Security and Resilience, CARE-USA

Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn

Senior Sociologist, Gender and Development, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)