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On the Even International Womens Day

18.03.2023 | UN - communique

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we are releasing a new report – Undernourished and Overlooked: A Global Nutrition Crisis in Adolescent Girls and Women, which sheds light on the status, trends, and inequities in the nutritional status of adolescent girls and women, and the barriers they face in accessing nutritious diets, essential nutrition services and positive nutrition practices. This is the second of UNICEF’s Flagship Child Nutrition Report.

The report notes that more than a billion adolescent girls and women suffer from undernutrition, micronutrient deficiencies, and/or anemia. It highlights that the number of pregnant and breastfeeding adolescent girls and women suffering from acute malnutrition has increased by 25 percent since 2020 in 12 countries hardest hit by the ongoing global food and nutrition crisis - the number of affected women has risen from 5.5 million to 6.9 million.

To deliver nutritious and affordable diets, essential nutrition services, and positive nutrition and care practices for adolescent girls and women everywhere, the report calls for governments, development and humanitarian partners, civil society organizations, media, research and academia, and the private sector to work together on ten key actions to transform the food, health and social protection systems.




Along with the report, UNICEF is publishing its statistical booklet containing the latest key statistics on children’s and women’s nutrition for the world’s countries and regions. Additionally, we are releasing the first-ever global database focused on women’s nutrition. Progress on adolescent girls and women’s nutrition at scale is possible when countries prioritize better data and knowledge, increased investments, and clear monitoring and tracking systems that embed accountability.


Access the report


Access the statistical booklet


Access the Executive summary


Access the explainer video


Access UNICEF’s Global Database on Women’s Nutrition


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