I wanted to share a case study that shows how hunger and food insecurity can make women and girls and men and boys more vulnerable to violence. This is why Women Thrive works on both issues. Please see the synopsis and link to the full story below. Also, attached please find an invitation to our upcoming International Women's Day Breakfast Briefing entitled "From One in Three to None in Three: Women and Girls Living Free of Violence." I hope that you will join us on March 1 at 8:30am EST live via webcast here.
Farm Schools in Uganda Engage Men and Women in Preventing GBV4
In parts of Northern Uganda, evidence has shown a strong correlation between food insecurity and incidences of violence against women. For example, during recent food shortages and dry seasons, when families are most likely to experience hunger, incidents of violence against women have increased. To tackle this underlying cause of violence, FAO teamed up with UNIFEM and UNFPA to launch a network of Farmer Field and Life Schools (FFLS) in 2009 in Uganda’s Northern districts of Amuru, Katakwi and Abim. Through the FFLS, groups of famers, both women and men, gather to learn traditional and modern agricultural practices, such as field preparation, processing, storage and conversation of natural resources. Additionally, students are taught in classroom settings about nutrition, HIV prevention, and gender-based violence. Also, FFLS members are able to access economic opportunities such as investment loans, credit for school payments and learn business skills such as record-keeping and budgeting. The FFLS also help survivors of violence connect to GBV services such as medical providers, counselors and police. This multifaceted approach to helping women and men to restore their livelihoods has been extremely effective in the prevention ofviolence.
To view the full study, please visit:
http://www.fao.org/gender/gender-home/gender-projects/gender-projectsdet/en/?dyna_fef[uid]=48118. FAO. “Farm schools in Uganda engage women and men in gender-based violence prevention.” Published 25/11/2010. Accessed online 11 January, 2011:
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