By Donna Andrews, Kiah Smith, and M. Alejandra Morena
We are pleased to share with you a piece co-authored by a member of the CFS team, Donna Andrews, in Right to Food and Nutrition Watch (2019:11), hot off the press today! The edition, titled Women’s Power in Food Struggles, “addresses key issues of power, and expose the structural violence that degrades both women and the environment”.
The article, Enraged: Women and Nature, is authored by Donna Andrews, Kiah Smith and M. Alejandra Morena. In this framing piece for the edition, the authors weave together the stories shared in the issue through the nexus of women-violence-nature.
The five articles reflect an array of women’s struggles, activism and analysis with regard to the right to food and nutrition. Each in their own way, the articles: (i) bring to the fore the predominantly right-wing political climate in which this activism takes place; (ii) highlight state violence through various discriminatory international and national policies which act to constrain and curtail women’s autonomy through restricting and undermining their right to food and nutrition and other human rights; (iii) illuminate how patriarchy and the hegemonic neoliberal capitalist food and agricultural system negatively impacts both women and nature; and (iv) foreground the resistance being waged for a just food system. The authors view these insights as evidence of a food system in which both women and nature are exploited, ‘othered’, and made invisible, while also demonstrating new ways of being with each other and nature.