Healthy women make their communities stronger

Women may live longer than men, but on average they have poorer health. When mothers and daughters receive inferior nutrition and health care, girls’ long-term health and the well-being of future generations are harmed. Some examples:

  • Malnourished women deliver less-healthy babies.
  • Adolescent childbearing, common where child marriage is allowed, poses health risks and limits life prospects for the teen mothers and their children.
  • In places where sons are preferred, abortion of female fetuses and female infanticide produces a shortage of women relative to men, with potentially alarming social consequences.

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