In the U.S., claims that women are better at anything are generally mocked. In the U.S., setting up distribution sites where only women can get food would be called discrimination against men. In the U.S., alleged gender neutral law pretends that women and men are the same. Thankfully, the rules of this cowboy nation do not apply everywhere.
Already the new policy has seen good results. Instead of violently loud and chaotic crowds clamoring for food -- with violent and greedy young men trampling over women and children in order to get themselves to the head of the line -- women now form polite and orderly lines at women-only sites. (CNN broadcast, 1/31/10)
The experience of humanitarian workers in disaster relief is that men usually outmuscle women for food and other aid at distribution points in the desperate days and weeks following a catastrophe, according to various U.N. officials. In response, the United Nations has devised various programs aimed at bypassing men to get aid directly to women and from them to their dependents. . . The World Food Program, or WFP, has developed women-only centers for food distribution in Haiti. WFP spokesman Marcus Prior said Saturday that 10,000 women a day will be given 55-pound bags of rice at 16 WFP distribution points around the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince.
"Traditionally, WFP has always sought to deliver food into the hands of women as they are more likely to ensure that the food is divided up amongst those who really need it and can't fend for themselves," said Prior in an email interview from the Haitian capital.