Despite clear interconnections between gender, hunger
According to Professor Zembe – who is based at the University of the Western Cape’s Institute for Social Development – few studies consider the influence of key issues affecting women in South Africa such as gendered power inequities and sexual
To this end, this CoE funded study will use existing national databases and fieldwork, to assess the socio-economic and gendered dimensions of food insecurity in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Western Cape (WC). Zembe and her team will explore the food security strategies of unemployed women in rural and peri-urban settings in KZN and the WC, and examine the context within which particular food security strategies are selected by these women. The study will also determine the extent to which the selected strategies are framed by
“Through this research, we want to explore how gender power inequities (relational and economical) in the sexual partnerships of unemployed women, shape their access [to]; provision, preparation
The study will also shed light on the gendered identities of women, including how they perceive themselves as women, caregivers and sexual beings in relation to food security. Fieldwork is currently underway and will run concurrently with analysis of secondary data from existing databases.
The broader aims of this project are to explore the interconnections between gender power inequities, sexual
This research falls within the PLATES research programme at the CoE, which investigates the type of food that is on the plates of South African consumers and pathways followed to bring this food to the plate.
Article by: Mologadi Makwela