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
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.