Six years ago, the world committed to reduce anaemia in women of reproductive age by 50% by 2025.

Six years later, no country in the world is on track to meet this target. Why?

Women and girls are more vulnerable to malnutrition compared to men due to the proportion of women and girls living in poverty, their reproductive biology and the discrimination and exclusion they face in many parts of society.

Each year, 16 million adolescent girls become mothers. These adolescent girls have a higher nutritional need - to fuel their own growth, and the growth of their unborn child. Yet these girls are often missed by health services, or seen too late into their pregnancy to make a difference. If mothers are malnourished at the start of pregnancy this passes from mother to child, and the cycle of poverty and ill-health continues.

Anemia is a form of malnutrition and is caused by an iron deficiency, either in the diet, or through bleeding, that particularly affects pregnant women. It causes fatigue, reduced work capacity, and can make people more susceptible to infection. Severe anemia places women at higher risk of death during delivery and the period following childbirth.

Join Global Citizen in calling on world leaders and donors to start focusing on adolescent girls and their nutrition. Every girl deserves to achieve her dreams, and when they choose to have children, they can give them the best start in life.