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Women’s Empowerment and Nutrition

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

Research on the relationship between women’s empowerment and nutrition, particularly child nutrition, is continually expanding. As part of the quest to achieve gender equality, women’s empowerment has
increasingly been the focus of many development interventions. In addition to being an end goal in itself, women’s empowerment is also considered as a means by which to achieve other important development
outcomes, such as improvements in child nutritional status. As women are often the primary caretakers in a household, intrahousehold dynamics that determine allocation of resources and their impact on individuals’ well-being are increasingly a subject of analysis.