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“Women’s empowerment is crucial to bring about change. I’m proud to be part of a movement of inspiring women who drive the agenda to accelerate action for children suffering from wasting.”

Amy Mayberry

Head of Evidence, No Wasted Lives

On the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science, No Wasted Lives is supporting women in the field by showcasing some of those who are at the heart of achieving the goals of the Coalition.

Click on the photo to find out more about this Woman in Science.

Women in Science Day reminds us all of our commitment to achieve full and equal access and participation for women and girls, who continue to be excluded from participating fully in scientific research and innovation.

In their homes, communities, health centres, national governments, and global institutions, women’s empowerment plays a crucial role in tackling child malnutrition. Women also play an important part in the research conducted by No Wasted Lives coalition members and our partners, to increase prevention and treatment services for children suffering from wasting.

These Women in Science call for equal chances for girls and boys, for women and men. They believe families in rural areas need to encourage their daughters in the same way as their sons to believe in their skills, and that they can achieve their goals. Likewise, they think that research institutions and humanitarian organisations should apply the gender lens in their own ranks, and make equal representation of men and women in leadership positions a priority. Strong role-models are needed to bring more women into the scientific field.

Today, we celebrate these women, and call on the global community to fulfil their pledge to the Sustainable Development Goals, to achieve equal access for women and girls to education, health care, work and representation in political and economic decision-making by 2030.

Title photo: Doctor at Kananbakache health centre, Niger

© K.Winkler for Action Against Hunger