Women's empowerment, participation in mother-to-mother support groups and nutritional outcomes for children under age two
Baseline and endline evaluations assessed changes in nutritional status and endline evaluations measured participation in MtMSGs and women's decision-making ability as a component of women's empowerment.
From baseline to endline, nutritional status of children aged 6-23 months improved from 33% to 20% for stunting, 21% to 16% for underweight, and 13% to 10% for wasting. More than half of eligible mothers (51%) participated in at least one MtMSG and 44% participated within the past month at the time of survey. Women overwhelmingly reported that their husbands alone made the majority of decisions in the household (72-82%), in areas such as participating in support groups, seeking healthcare, and earning and spending money. Food distribution in the household was an exception, in which 66% of women reported making these decisions alone. Analyses examining relationships between mothers' participation in MtMSGs, women's decision-making, and children's nutritional outcomes will be presented.
These findings will add to the growing body of research on measuring women's empowerment and evaluating linkages between empowerment, MtMSG participation and child nutritional outcomes.
Learning Areas:Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Describe examples of indicators used to measure women's empowerment in international community-based nutrition programs. Discuss relationships between women's empowerment indicators, women's participation in mother-to-mother support groups, and child nutritional outcomes.
Keyword(s): Food and Nutrition, Community-Based Health Promotion
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