Policies and Programs related to Food
The gender aspects of social security assume significance as it is widely recognized that, the position of women is particularly vulnerable to continued poverty and destitution when they attain old age and/or are widowed or divorced. The young girls and widows mainly constitute the female-headed households . This provides sufficient evidence to indicate that the role of women in ensuring food security at macro level as well as at the level of the household and the individual is a manifold one. It is also apparent that in India, poverty is deeply embedded in social constructs that impact adversely on women's economic status to society as well as her nutrition and health status, and food security caused from unequal distribution of food at home.