Women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, produce 50 percent of the food, but earn 10 percent of the income and own 1 percent of the property (UNICEF, ‘Gender Equality – The Big Picture’, 2007.)
Poverty has a woman’s face and that face is definitely that face of a woman of color, not a white woman!!
Seriously, this point is very important and I still do not understand why it is always sidelined. As if our poverty issues were in anyway comparable to women’s in the west. Race plays a major role in the way patriarchal white supremacist capitalism affects us.
Most food producers in the west are men who have access to the latest technologies, while they are overwhelmingly very poor women in developing countries. This is why, not mentioning race or the developing / developed countries dichotomy makes sentences such as this one “Women […] produce 50 percent of the food” at best a distortion of the truth.