06/13/2013 01:57 pm ET

The Campaign To End Hunger Must Focus On Violence Against Women


Later this month, food security and nutrition will be a top agenda item at the G8 summit in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Women must be the focus of these discussions. When women live free from violence they have a better chance of earning an income, and are more likely to focus their spending, and energy, on their children. Women are integral to alleviating hunger and malnutrition because they are primarily responsible for ensuring that nourishing food is available for their families.

A discussion on ending hunger must take into account factors that affect women's ability to produce, process and prepare food for their families. We must make sure that ending all forms of violence against girls and women is a priority as the international community looks beyond the 2015 millennium development goals.