Event Title

Working towards right to nutrition for women in Pakistan: a project’s initiative

Location

Auditorium Pond Side

Start Date

26-2-2014 10:30 AM

Abstract

Working towards Right to Nutrition for Women in Pakistan: a Project’s Initiative Nutrition is the foremost need for survival and an inalienable human right. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that 37.5 million people in Pakistan are not receiving proper nourishment. Poverty is a major general reason but for women explanations for this go beyond poverty as they are comparatively more malnourished than other groups. Cultural traditions and biases dictate that preference is given to the males in the household. This preferential delivery of food to males starts very early in life. The result is chronic malnutrition in girls and women. Pregnant and lactating women suffer a disproportionate burden of lack of food. Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) aims to improve gender equality for students, teachers and administrators in the Pakistan particularly project’s focused regions. A comprehensive strategy has been developed to mainstream gender with education at multiple levels e.g., training programme, curriculum, teaching and learning in schools and community awareness) This study by STEP gender equality team aimed at developing knowledge about proper nutrition in teachers, students and community; develop skills and attitude for providing balanced nutritional food for whole family including women and young girls. STEP project gender equality team chose International Women Day (IWD) for its interventions. IWD provides a common day for globally recognizing and applauding women’s achievements and observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues. Basing on UN and Commission on Status of Women themes for the year 2012, the focus of IWD was on ‘right for food”. Many contextually relevant activities were devised to put across this message effectively. This paper examines the effects of this campaign on teachers who have continued to take up this in their teaching and learning practices as well as in their professional development of other teachers.

Keywords: Nutrition, Gender, Awareness raising,teacher

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Feb 26th, 10:30 AM

Working towards right to nutrition for women in Pakistan: a project’s initiative

Auditorium Pond Side

Working towards Right to Nutrition for Women in Pakistan: a Project’s Initiative Nutrition is the foremost need for survival and an inalienable human right. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) states that 37.5 million people in Pakistan are not receiving proper nourishment. Poverty is a major general reason but for women explanations for this go beyond poverty as they are comparatively more malnourished than other groups. Cultural traditions and biases dictate that preference is given to the males in the household. This preferential delivery of food to males starts very early in life. The result is chronic malnutrition in girls and women. Pregnant and lactating women suffer a disproportionate burden of lack of food. Strengthening Teacher Education in Pakistan (STEP) aims to improve gender equality for students, teachers and administrators in the Pakistan particularly project’s focused regions. A comprehensive strategy has been developed to mainstream gender with education at multiple levels e.g., training programme, curriculum, teaching and learning in schools and community awareness) This study by STEP gender equality team aimed at developing knowledge about proper nutrition in teachers, students and community; develop skills and attitude for providing balanced nutritional food for whole family including women and young girls. STEP project gender equality team chose International Women Day (IWD) for its interventions. IWD provides a common day for globally recognizing and applauding women’s achievements and observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues. Basing on UN and Commission on Status of Women themes for the year 2012, the focus of IWD was on ‘right for food”. Many contextually relevant activities were devised to put across this message effectively. This paper examines the effects of this campaign on teachers who have continued to take up this in their teaching and learning practices as well as in their professional development of other teachers.

Keywords: Nutrition, Gender, Awareness raising,teacher