In many countries around the world, women eat less and they eat last. It’s estimated that 60% of all malnourished people in the world are women. And these malnourished women go on to have malnourished babies, as they are not able to provide essential nutrients to their children during and after pregnancy.
In 2015, some of the most powerful countries in the work — the Group of 7 (G7) — came together and committed to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition by 2030.
Tell the G7 not to forget women and girls as they work to deliver their promise to lift 500 million people out of hunger and malnutrition.
Each year, 16 million adolescent girls (between 10 and 19 years of age) give birth. The bodies of these girls are not fully developed. And the babies of these girls are more likely to be malnourished.
Focusing on improving the nutrition of adolescent girls and women is crucial to ensure these women and girls can lead happy and healthy lives. And it could prevent another generation of children being malnourished. It could allow the next generation of children to be healthy and reach their potential.
As the G7 works to deliver on its promise to lift 500 million out of hunger and malnutrition, tell them to focus on women and girls.
Ensuring women and girls around the world are empowered to eat well, earn their own living and decide when they have children will require investments in education, nutrition, healthcare, family planning and more. #MoreThanFood