On Friday 10 July the grand finale of the Women's Weeks of Women for Expo took place with the "Table of the World". Over 350 women from the participating countries of Expo Milano 2015 met in Piazza Italia and walked the Decumano with their local traditional dishes. The UN representatives joined the parade carrying the blue spoon, symbol of the Zero Hunger Challenge, representing all the peoples globally, especially women, yet without access to food and natural resources.
As illustrated in the UN Space in the Cascina Triulza, women farmers produce more than half of all the food worldwide, and women still have the greater responsibility for buying and preparing meals. But still, women and girls suffer more from food insecurity than do boys and men. Because despite the fact that women play a key role in agriculture, livestock and fishery activities worldwide, many of them have unequal access to land, financial services, education, training, extension services, markets, decision making processes and technology.
The UN delegation wore aprons illustrated with two key ingredients of the "recipe" to defeat global hunger: Women's empowerment and gender equality. Beacuase if women were to have the same access to productive resources and investment and income opportunities as men, productivity and family income would increase significantly and nutrition and health would improve at the household level. Evidence also shows that increasing women’s access to education and improving their overall welfare can have a major impact on their own nutrition status and that of their children.
These events concluded the Women's Weeks, two weeks of conferences, debates and shows dedicated to women, organized by Women for Expo, the Expo Milano 2015 network of women from all round the world engaged in food and sustainability, in collaboration with the UN at Expo 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Food Programme.
Executive President of Women for Expo Emma Bonino in her closing remarks announced that the next events dedicated to Women for Expo will take place in October 2015, on the occasion of the World Food Day and the visit of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and then passing the baton to Dubai 2020.