Studies have not only shown that the majority of malnourished people are women and girls, but analyses of the distribution of nutrition-related tasks have also revealed the heavy workload of women and low involvement of men. This is why it is important to take gender relations into consideration in the fight against malnutrition.
In many places around the world, the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women are tenuous at best, and years of progress can be washed away instantly by socio-political changes. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we must remember that preserving—or reclaiming— the dignity of girls and women requires continuous efforts, even when it seems like the battle is already won.
JSI’s Nancy Harris explains that if access to contraception is a human right and programs aim for the maximum variety in choice of methods, then vasectomy must be part of the mix in mature family planning programs.
In honor of International Women’s Day (March 8th), Christina Reynold’s of the SPRING Project explains how nutrition impacts gender parity.