The Link of Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment & Human Security

Hannah Strohmeier, Ph.D., Consultant

This brochure explains the link between Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Human Security using examples from the Agricultural sector. It is produced under "Building Effective Resilience for Human Security in the Caribbean Countries: The Imperative of Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in a Strengthened Agriculture (and related Agri/Fisheries Small Business) Sector" Project.

Gender equality refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men and girls and boys. Women’s empowerment is a critical aspect to achieving gender equality. Human security focuses on people and seeks to protect the vital core of all human lives in ways that enhance human freedoms and human fulfillment. The three basic elements of human security are: freedom from fear, freedom from deprivation, and freedom to live in dignity.

If gender equality is not fully achieved and inequalities between men and women, boys and girls persist, important opportunities that contribute to human security are lost. Thus, without gender equality, human security cannot be achieved!

This Project is implemented under the framework of the United Nations Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security.

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