Food Poverty: Females

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 12th July 2022.

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Photo of Chris Law Chris Law Shadow SNP Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether she had discussions with her G7 counterparts on the specific needs of girls and women experiencing hunger during the G7 summit in June 2022.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Supporting women and girls is at the heart of UK foreign policy. The Foreign Secretary consistently champions women's and girls' rights in her international engagements. The Foreign Secretary did not attend the G7 Leaders' Summit in June 2022. However, G7 foreign ministers discussed the implications of Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine on global food security in their 14 May 2022 meeting in Germany. During the same meeting, G7 foreign ministers reaffirmed the importance of a gender-transformative mainstreaming approach. The UK is committed to protecting the most vulnerable countries and people suffering from Russia's attack and its global repercussions. We will continue to work closely with our allies in the G7 to mitigate the risk of a global food price crisis and protect food security. The FCDO's food & agriculture development programmes have always focused on improving women's food security, livelihoods and economic empowerment, and will continue to do so.

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