Malnutrition is one of the most persistent barriers to women and girls’ empowerment.
When it comes to malnutrition, women and girls are hardest hit, often eating last and least. There are many factors that make women and girls mores susceptible to malnutrition, including lack of access to quality education, poverty, and gender, social and cultural norms that disadvantage women and girls.
To thrive, an adolescent girl requires adequate and sustained access to nutritious food and nutrition interventions that reflect the needs of her growing and changing body.
Anaemia is the greatest cause of disability amongst adolescent girls, limiting their ability to grow and learn, but also perpetuating the intergenerational cycle of malnutrition. It is estimated that of the 600 million adolescent girls living in low-income countries, 30% are anaemic.