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International Women’s Day: Women in Food Systems with Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq

Do you feel that food systems support you as a woman? Women have a prominent role all across the value chain of the food system, for instance as farmers and food producers, merchandisers, educators, cooks, servers, and leaders of food organizations. Food systems enhance women participation and benefits they receive through improved access to resources […]

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International Women’s Day: Interview with Martha Nyagaya

Are you a women working in food systems, what do you do? Yes, I am Nutrition International’s Country Director in Kenya. In this role I lead program planning, development and implementation of multisectoral nutrition programs. I also manage relations with Donors, Government of Kenya and other key local stakeholders. As the Chair of the SUN […]

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International Women’s Day: Women as a change agent in ensuring food security

Women in Food Systems: A story by HKI Vietnam Bui Thi Hoai, a young Muong mother in Chi Dao commune shared that after two years of attending the Enhanced Homestead Food Production project, she has gained lots of new knowledge about nutrition and agriculture, that she never known before. Thanks to the monthly communication sessions and […]

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International Women’s Day: Mother’s milk as part of the food system

I’m Linh – a breastfeeding mother. I am lucky to have a full house with two beautiful daughters in Hanoi, Viet Nam, both of whom were exclusively breastfed. I start each day happily breastfeeding my seven-month-old baby. Breast milk is the #firstfood, the perfect source of nutrition for babies in the first two years and […]

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Life under the Taliban: Obstacles faced in Afghanistan

Part 3: Rising food prices Written by Zuhra Dadgar-Shafiq, Programme Director and Co-Founder of Action for Development who provide vital health and education services in Afghanistan to the most marginalized and vulnerable individuals through cost-effective, cascade-model projects that allow for community participation and empowerment. Afghanistan has been struggling with conflict for over 40 years. The […]

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The SUN Civil Society Network launches its new 5-year strategy!

Why do we need a new CSN strategy? The Civil Society Network 3.0 strategy (2021-2025) constitutes an essential guide to rally all civil society members’ collective efforts behind a strong mission and vision. The CSN 3.0 strategy was designed for the Network by the Network, in alignment with the overall SUN Movement 3.0 strategy. As such, the […]

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SUN PfSl: International Women’s Day Program – 2021

International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8th of March every year. As an organization that works for the improvement of the nutritional status of the community, SUN PF also joins with various programs for Women’s Day every year. This is primarily because proper nutrition of women contributes to the nutritional wellbeing of the entire population […]

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Meet the women of the CSN: Dilka Rashmi Peiris

 Project Director Scaling Up Nutrition People’s Forum, former SUN CSA focal person for Sri Lanka My work in nutrition I was really drawn to nutrition as it has a multi-sectoral approach. Women play a key role in implementing nutrition policies, both in the family and in society as a whole, and contributing to the health and […]

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Meet the Women of the CSN: Paula Escobar Gutiérrez

Directora ejecutiva, Fundación Éxito, Colombia Mi trabajo en nutrición Ponemos a disposición de la red de de la Sociedad Civil de América Latina y el Caribe nuestra experiencia y conocimientos en el campo de la nutrición infantil y la búsqueda de soluciones integrales para la primera infancia con mayor vulnerabilidad en Colombia, a través de […]

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Directora ejecutiva, Fundación Éxito, Colombia

Mi trabajo en nutrición

Ponemos a disposición de la red de de la Sociedad Civil de América Latina y el Caribe nuestra experiencia y conocimientos en el campo de la nutrición infantil y la búsqueda de soluciones integrales para la primera infancia con mayor vulnerabilidad en Colombia, a través de la atención directa y la incidencia en política pública.

Me he sentido profundamente identificada con esta apuesta de trabajar por lo esencial para el desarrollo humano en el principio de la vida, adoptada por la Fundación Exito, porque siento que es el camino más seguro y efectivo para plantear soluciones de fondo a problemas estructurales en nuestras naciones. El trabajo social se debe fundamentar en el capital humano, y el capital humano se construye desde la nutrición.

El papel de la mujer

Creo que la distinción entre hombres y mujeres tiene sentido cuando se habla de ese momento único en el que las mujeres cumplen la misión que la naturaleza les ha encomendado, de poder dar la vida. Este hecho sublime trae consigo grandes implicaciones físicas y emocionales. La nutrición es entonces el motor que protege y prepara a la mujer para que ella pueda, a su vez, abrazar con su poder protector ese nuevo ser que depende totalmente de ella en este momento clave de su desarrollo.

No he visto que el hecho de ser mujer haya afectado mi carrera. Al contrario, hoy estoy esperando mi primer bebe y esto me ha permitido entender mucho más la importancia de la nutrición desde la concepción y lo fundamental que es prepararse uno mismo y a su entorno sobre la lactancia materna.

Podemos mejorar la nutrición de las mujeres de muchas maneras. El respeto por las capacidades y el potencial ganado a pulso y con esfuerzo; la madurez de la sociedad para reconocer las diferencias naturales sin estigmas ni etiquetas; la valentía de respetar la dignidad y exaltar el talento sin minimizar a los pares en razón de su género, de la etnia o de las creencias.