SHILLONG, Oct 10 - Matrilineal societies across the world are believed to lay special emphasis on empowering women and in the process contribute to more healthy and peaceful living, noted diet scientist Harriet Kuhnlein said.
A study involving at least three matrilineal tribes across the world, including one in Northeastern India, is also being conducted to verify the belief, Kuhnlein, a Professor in Montreal�s McGill�s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition said here recently.
Kuhnlein is heading a research and documenting how these societies that empower women have a great contribution for the overall peace and security around the world.
Another tribe in India, the Chakhesang patrilineal tribe of Nagaland is listed for the research just for comparison on the role of women and their contribution to diet and peaceful living.
�We want to understand the food system, understand the biodiversity, how healthy the women are and see the role of women in the community,� Kuhnlein said.
Sanctioned and funded by North East Slow Food & Agro-biodiversity Society that will host the International Terra Madre festival, the outcome of the research is to be released this November, Kuhnlein said.