Politics of Difference and Decolonisation
Dee Woods is a food and farming action-ist and campaigner, who advocates for good food for all and a more just and equitable food system, challenging the systemic barriers that impact marginalised communities, farmers and food producers. Her work meets at the nexus of poverty and hunger, human rights, food sovereignty, community development, policy, research, climate and social justice.
Dee is co-founder of Granville Community Kitchen in South Kilburn. A previous BBC Food and Farming Awards winner, Dee sits on the GLA London Food Board, the steering group of People Food Power, and is a co-editor of A People's Food Policy. She is a member of the Food Ethics Council and of the coordinating group of the Landworkers Alliance, co-chair of the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN), and Trustee of Sustain.
On the occasion of International Women's Day 2020 (8th of March), CAWR Politics of Difference and Decolonisation reading group has organised a special session with Dee Woods, to take place on Thursday the 12th of March at 10:30 in Doubleday Room, Ryton Gardens, Coventry. Dee is an Honorary Research Fellow at CAWR, Coventry University (see Bio below). Please join this special interactive seminar, where we will read and discuss Dee's article 'Invisible Women: Hunger, Poverty, Racism and Gender in the UK', published in the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch. The Watch is the main publication of the Global Network for the Right to Food and Nutrition, comprising nearly 50 civil society organisations and social movements. The session will be guided by questions raised in the Watch's pedagogical supplement on the issue dedicated to 'Women's Power in Food Struggles'.
International Women's Day asks of us to imagine how we can forge a world where there is full realisation of women's rights and autonomy. It is an opportunity to celebrate women's achievements, and increase their visibility, whilst also raising awareness against bias and inequality. This special CAWR seminar focuses on the situation of food insecurity faced by communities of colour in the UK, amid multiple crises, including a food crisis fuelled by state violence, social inequity and discrimination. We will discuss existing gaps in research, analysis, and representation that render Black and minority ethnic women – the most impacted by austerity – invisible. With Dee facilitating the session, we will question the role of academics and policy makers, and become acquainted with the rekindling of Black feminism and Black women organizing and advocating in the UK.
The CAWR Politics of Difference and Decolonisation reading group welcomes you to join us in a collective endeavour to articulate different narratives that draw from emancipatory and pluralistic systems of knowledge and praxis, such as decolonial and black feminist theories, the coloniality of power, and intersectionality.
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