Women’s Migration through the Lens of Food Insecurity

Linda, a mother of three, describes her situation in the “Women’s Migration through the Lens of Food Insecurity”, by Megan Carney, as a struggle to have enough money to buy sufficient food for her family. She has struggled to find even a part time job. Because she is undocumented in the United States, it makes her search even harder. Lind compares this situation to the one she is used to in rural Mexico.

According to Carney, the causes of this food insecurity are not bordered like the geopolitical borders. Many of the women, like Linda, try to leave their home country to find security, but find none. Furthermore, carney says that trade liberalizations, deregulation, and privatization, all part of neoliberal economic policies have forced people out of their homes in Latin America in search for better opportunities. Carney claims that more than half of these people are women.

These women are experience the increased militarization of borders and “layered forms of scrutiny and social exclusion” while attempting their journey. The author has seen much evidence of this when talking to women in her field work. From her conversations, Carney has discovered that many of these women want to speak up and attempt to make everything easier for future women.

Because of this, Carney says that the struggle for food is not about food. It is also about human rights and helps propel the goals of “social inclusion and justice”. Therefore, she says that although anthropology can help, others need to help as well.