The SUN Movement celebrates 2021 International Women’s Day
Marked each year on 8 March, International Women’s Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate the she-roes (but also heroes) of the SUN Movement and their many achievements. This year, we put “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world,” in the spotlight, to highlight the tremendous efforts by women and girls across the SUN Movement’s 62 member States, at all levels of leadership, in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and highlights the gaps that remain.
Women’s full and effective participation and leadership in of all areas of life, including nutrition, drives progress for everyone. Gender equality cannot be achieved unless public life and decision-making includes women and girls in all their diversity. That is also a matter of good governance. Women in rural areas, women with disabilities, indigenous women, lesbian, bisexual and intersex women and transgender persons, women migrants, girls, women of African descent and women of colour continue to face discrimination and exclusion from public life. For instance, women in rural areas are underrepresented in local decision-making and are inadequately consulted on national policies and programmes on agriculture, extractive industries, food security, climate change and disaster response and risk reduction.
Solutions in the spotlight
MOVING FOOD AND REDUCING WASTE:
Turning challenges into opportunities during COVID-19 in The Philippines
Featuring SUN Lead Group member Cherrie Atilano, Founder/CEO of AGREA
“The silver lining of this pandemic is we can absolutely shorten the gap between the producers and consumers. When the lock down happened, all traders couldn’t operate, farmers were left out with rotting produce in their fields. Despite challenges, we tried our best to bring their produce to the new market. Always making sure that no one is left behind in the process”
— Cherrie D. Atilano, Founder/CEO AGREA International
and SUN Movement Lead Group Member