Ten experts, ten essays, one topic: Making the food system work for women

Join Oxfam’s global online policy discussion from November 19-30, 2012.

We're hosting an online discussion about how to achieve food justice for women, running for two weeks November 19-30. The purpose is to reframe the discourse on food security from the perspective of women’s rights and women’s agency. Rather than critique the current state of affairs, the discussion will seek to generate bold proposals for building a collective agenda to advance gender justice within the food system.

This is the first in a series of online discussions to help deepen Oxfam’s understanding of the issues that drive our GROW campaign.

  • What: A policy discussion to generate bold proposals for advancing gender justice within the food system
  • Why: To share ideas, hear those of others, and dialogue with some of the world’s best minds on how to make the food system work for women
  • When: Two-week online discussion from November 19-30 in English, French and Spanish
  • How: Each day we will post one essay online and invite your comments at http://blogs.oxfam.org/food-and-gender

We have invited 10 experts – academics, activists, entrepreneurs and partners – to write short essays to get the discussion started. Each essay articulates a unique vision for how to tackle the systemic and institutional power imbalances between men and women in the food system. (See full list of contributors below.)

Each day we will post one essay online and invite your comments. The online discussion will be held simultaneously in English, French and Spanish.

To conclude the online discussion, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier de Schutter, will provide an overall analysis of the discussion and draw out key recommendations.

Come learn about Vandana Shiva’s recommendations for keeping seeds in women’s hands; be challenged by private sector perspectives on diversity in supply chains; discuss the ideas put forward by women farm workers; find out why ActionAid’s CEO thinks care is central to food justice; and much more.

Please spread the word and join us for this discussion!

Ten experts, ten essays, one topic: Making the food system work for women

  • Nov 19: Nidhi Tandon, social activist and director of Networked Intelligence for Development
  • Nov 20: Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO of WEConnect and a world leader in global supplier diversity
  • Nov 21: Vandana Shiva, philosopher, feminist and environmental activist
  • Nov 22: Fatima Shabodien, former director of Women on Farms in South Africa
  • Nov 23: Alexandra Spieldoch, women’s rights activist, formerly with WOCAN
  • Nov 26: Tinna Nielsen, senior diversity and inclusion consultant, currently working at Arla Foods
  • Nov 27: Joanna Kerr, CEO of ActionAid International and former Executive Director of AWID
  • Nov 28: Sophia Murphy, senior advisor to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • Nov 29: Pamela Caro, Chilean feminist researcher working with CLOC-La Via Campesina
  • Nov 29: Jayati Ghosh, feminist economist and professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • PLUS Nov 30: Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

For more information, please contact Lauren Ravon (lauren.ravon@oxfam.ca).