Her Right to Food

CARE is shining a light on women's access to nutrition.

We take a human rights approach to women’s right to food. It is the foundation of our gender transformative nutrition programming. We know there is a relationship between gender equality and nutritional status.

Unequal household food distribution negatively affects women and girls. Women are primarily responsible for the care and nutrition of household members, but have very little control over income and possess limited authority to make decisions about their own and their children’s healthcare, including what kind of food comes into the home and who in the family eats first.

Our goal is to uncover the social and gender norms that are affecting women’s access to nutrition so women and girls are empowered to create sustainable change for their future.

CARE seeks to reduce the inequalities between women and men, girls and boys through gender transformative programming, which includes:

  • Political, economic, social analysis and formative research that digs deeply into the context and community‐specific power relations, social norms and traditions which underlie gender inequalities and lead to poor nutrition.
  • Maternal, infant and young child feeding programs that involve women, men, boys, girls and traditional leaders to tackle the key, harmful, gender norms affecting women’s access to nutrition.
  • Community dialogues and policy engagement at all levels, including promotion of women’s participation in design and delivery of nutrition programming.
  • Water points and agricultural programs that are designed and managed by women giving them choice in what land to use, which tools to use, and which foods to grow/store/sell.

Download the Women's Empowerment & Nutrition Brief (PDF)

Challenging beliefs about women’s right to food means they won’t have to do more with less.