What are the effects of a gender imbalance


There is systemic inequality between women and men around the world. In general, women continue to have limited access to and control over resources. Women are largely underrepresented in the decision-making processes that shape their lives and their society. Gender inequality is exacerbated every day by discriminatory attitudes, practices and structures. The inequality women experience hinders the progress of half of every society and is a fundamental obstacle to integral human development and social justice.

Gender equality is a systematic problem. We often observe gender-specific effects in our work areas. The lack of enforcement of women's property rights in rural areas makes it difficult for them to access land on which to grow food. Although women often have a duty to care for the health of a community, women are denied participation in decisions about energy sources that can cause dangerous pollution. The position of women in society is being exploited by corporate supply chains as a source of cheap labor in poor working conditions. Women face structural barriers to access to justice when trying to secure legal corrections for land grabbing or business abuse. Although we often see women at the center of organizing grassroots movements, they are seldom the spokespersons or agents. Despite the efforts of many movements and the international community to redress this imbalance, their voices towards governments or corporations do not carry the same weight as their male counterparts.

We know this gender impact needs to be reflected in the policies we advocate to regulate businesses and the solutions we propose for equitable and sustainable energy and food systems. These solutions must take into account the decision-making structures that disempower women and try to actively rethink participatory processes that ensure that women are treated equally as actors in society. We work with our partners and members on methods to open conversations about gender equality in their different cultural and economic contexts, to question mentalities and unequal relationships. We celebrate women's perspectives and amplify their voices in our media.

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