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Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition: An Evidence Review

2013 — By Mara van den Bold, Agnes R. Quisumbing, Stuart Gillespie

This paper starts by reflecting on the concept and measurement of women’s empowerment and then reviews some of the structural interventions that aim to influence underlying gender norms in society and eradicate gender discrimination. It then proceeds to review the evidence of the impact of three types of interventions—cash transfer programs, agricultural interventions, and microfinance programs—on women’s empowerment, nutrition, or both. The paper ends with a discussion of the findings and remaining evidence gaps and an outline of recommendations for research.