NEW YORK — Women are more likely to experience food insecurity than men, and the pandemic has exacerbated this divide. Women continue to shoulder more household responsibilities, but also now bear the burden of increased poverty and health risks.
But the exact extent to which women experience more hunger or malnutrition than men is not clear, experts say.
“Unfortunately, you can’t draw those conclusions. We have some great qualitative data. That is women in their own words, talking about the food insecurity that they’re facing and what they’re doing to make ends meet for their family. But we don’t have that kind of big picture countrywide data that we might like to have,” said Sarah Fuhrman, a humanitarian policy specialist with CARE International.