The tremendous imbalance of power in the U.S. agricultural industry creates an atmosphere where sexual violence is common. A recent study found 80% of women farmworkers interviewed experienced sexual violence on the job. In comparison, 25-50% of all women in the U.S. workforce have experienced at least one incident of sexual violence and 1 in 5 women in the U.S. has been raped in her lifetime. Continue reading
Women’s ability to own land is not only an economic issue, but also a social issue that has great implications. According to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the lack of women’s land rights encompass several CEDAW violations such as the economic and social rights of women, rural women’s rights, and women’s rights to equality in marriage and in front of the law. Continue reading
In recent years, Gender-based violence has become a term that is quite prevalent in society. When the general public or the media address this concept, very specific imagery is evoked to depict the situation. These images are usually ones of wartime sexual abuse and domestic abuse. However when the technical definitions of this term are examined, it is evident that they are broad and meant to cover much more than just these instances. Continue reading
Climate change has lead to unpredictable weather patterns and an increase in droughts and floods. Small-scale farmers in developing nations have had to deal with lower productivity yields, scarcity of water, damage to farms and loss of livestock. African women produce up to 80% of food in Africa and are most dependent on local natural resources; yet existing gender gaps prevent rural women from tapping into resources to mitigate climate change risks or to remedy damages.
Today is Equal Pay Day in the U.K. – read up on what that means for gender equality and how improvements can continue to be made. Continue reading