Greater autonomy for women and child health in Northern Nigeria


Gender inequality and child mortality, morbidity and malnutrition are inextricably linked, argues the ORIE constortium (Operational Research and Impact Evaluation Northern Nigeria).

Data collected in ORIE’s research and evaluation studies throw light on the links between the low status and autonomy of women, low uptake of nutrition services, and poor child health outcomes, in four states of northern Nigeria. ORIE’s annual gender syntheses summarise gender-related findings from across ORIE studies and suggest implications for nutrition programmes and policies like those supported by WINNN in northern Nigeria.

How will greater gender equality contribute to better child health and nutrition in Northern Nigeria? Using ORIE data collected in Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi and Zamfara this infographic makes a convincing argument that greater decision-making power and control over resources for women can translate into better health and nutrition outcomes for children and their mothers.