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Title:Unfair Burden: Women's Risks and Vulnerability to Food Insecurity
Author:Hendriks, Sheryl
Year:2002
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Issue:51
Pages:51-57
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:women
households
food production
agriculture
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Health, Nutrition, and Medicine
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/10130950.2002.9674448
Abstract:In South Africa, women carry an unfair burden for ensuring household food security. Any adaptation of consumption is likely to further compromise the vulnerable position of women's health and nutrition due to the heavy burden they already bear in ensuring household survival. Increasing numbers of household members with HIV/AIDS add considerably greater demands on women's time and ability to adapt to or cope with current, let alone increased demands. Lack of entitlement to land, limited access to assets and an exhausting responsibility for caring and providing for household members render women powerless to diversify and expand their livelihood strategies to effectively benefit households. Thus vulnerability to household food insecurity is increased. To effectively address food insecurity, women's entitlement to land and access to resources have to be secured, and physical workloads reduced. Much support is needed to encourage women to explore sustainable livelihood opportunities in markets and niches which offer more profit than the familiar but nonlucrative activities consistent with prescribed female domestic domains. Bibliogr., notes. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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