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Save the Date: Churches Week of Action on Food

14. May 2010

    The 2010 Churches' Week of Action on Food will take place from 10-17 October. The focus will be on food and gender. This is an opportunity for the churches to lift up the voices of small-scale food producers, particularly women, as an act of solidarity and in recognition of the key role they play in food production and the need to protect and strengthen their rights. According to the Report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, despite representing the majority of the agricultural workforce and production, women are estimated to have access to or control only 5% of land globally. Women also account for 70 per cent of the world's hungry and are disproportionately affected by malnutrition, poverty and food insecurity.

    With more than one billion people living in hunger, we must be part of the movement for justice that demands that all people have access to the food they need for life.

    The Week of 10-17 October is a key time for action:

    • 16 October is World Food Day
    • 17 October is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

    The EAA is producing a resource guide for the Week of Action which will be ready for distribution by the end of July. The electronic version of the guide will be posted on EAA's website. The guide will highlight the threats to global food security, how these greatly affect women and analyze how the right to food is being fulfilled, respected and protected. It will also tell stories of women affected by unjust trade and food production systems. The guide will link what the bible says about food and the role of the church to care for humanity. The guide will offer action ideas, as well as worship resources, including a liturgy and a prayer card.

    You can use this guide to help you effectively take part in the 2010 Churches' Week of Action on Food together with others around the world. This is a crucial moment for churches to engage in a campaign advocating for those suffering from hunger. This can be done through bringing their interests to the table: by raising awareness and by mobilizing to bring food justice issues to the attention of policy makers at all levels.

    <h2>What can I do?</h2>

    1. Save the date for the Week of Action in October. More information on action ideas will be provided in the resource guide at the end of July.
    2. Begin to plan activities to raise awareness and mobilize for action on food during the Week of Action.
    1. Find out what your church is doing and has said about food security, poverty reduction and empowerment of women. Ask church leaders what they have done to follow up on their statements.
    2. Learn about land laws in your country and how they affect women.
    3. Begin to plan for the Sunday worship service on food and gender either on 10 or 17 October or on both days. The liturgy will be included in the resource guide to be shared by EAA.

    Should you have any questions or require more information pertaining to the Week of Action, please email: amunzara@e-alliance.ch

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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