CSW62: Civil Society Consultation on the Implementation of the Right to Food

FIAN International and WhyHunger – both members of the Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition – are inviting women from around the world and those in the wider New York City area, all of whom are on the frontlines in the struggle to ensure that all people everywhere are guaranteed the human right to food and nutrition through dignified means, to come together during CSW 62 for a focused discussion on the implementation of the right to food.

Our invitation:

We are inviting you to join us for a 3-hour conversation and consultation on March 14th, 2018 from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. to discuss and share with each other our experiences, current struggles, visions and solutions to achieve the right to food and nutrition. We envision a rich dialogue that will cultivate solidarity, initiate and deepen relationships, and ultimately amplify our voices as we share our experiences with the following:
● the implementation of the right to food, looking beyond the existence of laws and policy frameworks to the lived experience of women in affected communities, including the process by which laws/policies are discussed, negotiated, passed, implemented, and monitored
● policies and practices of governments, third parties, and international organizations which give rise to violations of women’s right to food, or prevent the realization of the right to food
● structural barriers to implementing the right to food, particularly those faced by women

Why this consultation? Why now?

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will be engaging in a monitoring process on the Right to Food Guidelines provided to nation states to hold them accountable to realize the right to food. The CFS is currently collecting submissions from stakeholders. Civil society groups and social movements will also be issuing their own report, providing an experience-based assessment of national implementation of the Right to Food Guidelines and a vision for the full realization of the right to adequate food and nutrition.
This monitoring comes at a key time. Since 2014, we have witnessed regression in human rights commitments across international, regional, and national levels, and a failure of governments to fully address issues of accountability. The right to food is the  right of people to feed themselves, their families, and their communities in dignity, today and in the future. The right to food requires laws and policies that support this and improve peoples’ ability to meet their food needs, to grow food, and to make a living sustainably.

What are the hoped-for outcomes of the consultation?

· Identification of key structural barriers to the realization of women’s right to food
· Identification of draft recommendations for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), national governments, and international institutions for the implementation of women’s right to food
· Draft elements towards a CSO vision statement and strategy on the future of women’s right to food
· Input into the chapter on women’s rights in the CSO report monitoring the Right to Food Guidelines
· Input into the manner in which women’s rights will be mainstreamed into the topics discussed at the global CSO consultation in Rome (March 21-23, 2018).

When and where will this take place?

Wednesday, March 14th 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
NYU Steinhardt Department of Nutrition and Food Studies
411 Lafayette Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Please join us as we amplify women’s perspectives and voices in the struggle for the right to food and nutrition!
RSVP: alison@whyhunger.org
In solidarity,
Denisse Cordova, FIAN International
Alison Cohen, WhyHunger