This summary provides an overview of how gender inequality impacts
maternal and child nutrition in Northern Nigeria. The research had two
main purposes: (1) to increase understanding of the pathways by which
gender inequality is linked with poor maternal and child nutritional
outcomes and (2) to formulate a set of gender-related questions which
ORIE research will address in order to provide information on how to
address gender-related issues that influence maternal and child
nutrition and the uptake of health and nutrition services.
Research found that despite a good national level framework to prevent
gender discrimination, gender inequality remains high in the north and
many states have not domesticated federal legislation. Rates of early
marriage (under 18) are high and women are usually subjected to purdah
and require the permission of their husbands to leave the compound.
Rates of maternal mortality are among the highest in the world and they
have very low access and utilization of health services. Based on these
findings a core set of gender-related research questions have been
developed which will seek to examine the relationship between gender
inequality, health related behaviours, and maternal and child nutrition
in Northern Nigeria and explore gender related demand side and supply
side barriers to the uptake of nutrition services and how they might be
Hansford, F.; Anjorim, O.; Pittore, K. ORIE Research Summary 5. Gender Inequality and Maternal and Child Undernutrition in Northern Nigeria. ORIE (2014) 2 pp.
ORIE Research Summary 5. Gender Inequality and Maternal and Child Undernutrition in Northern Nigeria.