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Indian environmental and “alter-globalization” activist Vandana Shiva is an outspoken campaigner for protecting seed biodiversity against biotech-profiteering and genetic engineering. Her grassroots approach has helped to redefine food security and the “green revolution” as a movement that empowers local food growers, rather than big agribusiness. She is the founder of Navdanya, a NGO based in Dehradun, India that promotes organic farming and seed-saving.

Democratic Republic of Congo: Women harvesting Chinese cabbage. As part of its urban and peri-urban horticulture project, FAO has provided farmers with improved-variety seeds and has rehabilitated irrigation and flood-prevention infrastructures. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin www.fao.org

Darfuri women and children wait outside a refugee camp in Bahai, Chad

Mauritania: A farmer family tilling and sowing a field that regularly feeds up to 10 people. ©FAO/Giampiero Diana www.fao.org

Democratic Republic of Congo: Women and children walking along a dirt road carrying produce to market in Kabalo. ©FAO/Olivier Asselin www.fao.org

Vivian Maier, a nanny who took photos as a hobby, became widely celebrated only after her death. Rose Lichter-Marck explores a documentary on her life, and the problem with telling stories of "difficult" women. The unconventional choices of women are explained in the language of mental illness rather than an active response to structural challenges or mere preference. Biographers often treat iconoclastic women as problems that need solving....

The Female Face of Farming - take a look at this infographic highlighting the importance of women in agriculture & the powerful impact reducing the gender gap can have on agriculture.

qatar woman, saudi arabia {I asked a woman going to the mosque about the Saudi laws re women (cannot drive, cannot leave the country, etc) and she said it is cultural, even though they are all Muslim. Maybe the Muslim women in the US are "modern Muslims"}