The role of women’s nutrition literacy in food security in South Asia

Gender inequality is a major cause and effect of hunger and poverty, with women and girls comprising 60 percent of the global hungry. Women face multiple challenges (such as limited access to education and employment opportunities) that curtail their economic autonomy and weaken their bargaining position within the family, consequently impacting household food security. The pandemic has worsened this situation. It is crucial to apply a gender lens to food security to ensure policy-led development regardless of gender for improved food security. This brief provides an overview of the link between gender empowerment, women’s nutrition literacy, and food security in South Asia.