Nobel laureate to be keynote speaker at FAO Conference on parliamentary action and gender equality

The serious consequences of food insecurity in countries experiencing wars or armed conflicts, and say that the solution begins with taking clear positions and sanctions against those who are responsible for creasing the levels of hunger, and also those pursuing a policy of starving people for political purposes, warned The Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights activist Tawakkol Karman.

Her warning issued during an event entitled “Parliament action on Tackling Gender Equality - Achieve Food Security and Improved Nutrition for All”, organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

It is essential for countries to spend more on food than on weapons, as the priority is for life and not for death, and this is what should happen, stated Tawakkol Karman.

She pointed out that in case the Russian war on Ukraine continues and escalates, it will have very dangerous effects on global food security, expecting that many poor countries will not be able to manage their affairs, a matter that should not be allowed to happen.  

In this context, Karman stressed that equality is a basic foundation for any society to achieve its political stability and food security.

“Detracting from women in some societies and their exclusion from playing any role in development under religious, cultural or social pretexts contribute to making society broken and unable to achieve a real renaissance,” she added.

She stressed that the rehabilitation of women in many countries that have, or even haven’t, experienced wars is an important step in the right direction, pointing out to the need for women to be rehabilitated psychologically, since they are the most targeted during armed conflicts, and also economically by providing them special facilities while entering the field of development.

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