Women who understand and feed the world

Today is the 102nd International Women’s Day. Yes, I said 102nd. Here’s some news about what is happening.

Sometimes I’ve been criticised just for mentioning this. In a similar vein, Suzanne Moore at the Guardian says that she’d prefer a day off from feminism. I wonder how Ms Moore feels about International Men’s Day whose mission (to promote positive male role models) does sound good. But I say, Ms Moore, don’t dismiss feminism. This is serious. Jemma Buckley and Lauren Stone at the Guardian tell us how our Home Secretary, Theresa May, urges us to speak out on domestic violence. Here’s a film about women speaking out about violence against women in India.

A few months ago, Ramona Vijeyarasa at ActionAid said that violence against women is too often ignored as an obstacle for development.

This is serious for women ourselves. It’s serious for people of both sexes, people of all ages, who rely on women’s work on the land. My fellow bloggers at Agriculture for Impact (A4I) give us wise words about women in sub-Saharan African agricultural development.

Women often take other roles as well as farming. Mothers, scientists, you name it. Susan MacMillan at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) calls for female empowerment in farms, families and high-level science careers.

[Edit] Thinking that this is all about poor women? Poor women count for a lot! Meanwhile here’s what another blogger, Shawn Mahoney at To Perceive is to Filterpret, says about gender bias in science.

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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