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The Link between child survival and women's empowerment

Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development. Because women are the primary caregivers for children, women’s well-being contributes to the well-being of their offspring. Healthy, educated and empowered women are more likely to have healthy, educated and confident children. Women’s autonomy, defined as the ability to control their own lives and to participate in making decisions that affect them and their families, is associated with improved child nutrition. Other aspects of gender equality, such as education levels among women, also correlate with improved outcomes for children’s survival and development.

 For more information see:

UNICEF, State of the World’s Children 2007: Women and Children the Double Dividend of Gender Equality.

King, Elizabeth M., and Mason, Andrew D., ‘Engendering Development Through Gender Equality in Rights, Resources, and Voice’, World Bank and Oxford University Press, Washington, D.C., January 2001, pp. 78-83.



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