A new agenda for women's health and nutrition by World Bank

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Cm.  87). ). 1'082dc20 94-29586 CIP Page v Contents Acknowledgments viii Acronyms and Data Note ix Executive Summary xi 1 Why Invest in Women's Health and Nutrition? 2 Expanded Services for Women's Health 47 Page viii Acknowledgments This report was prepared by a team led by Anne Tinker and composed of Patricia Daly, Cynthia Green, Helen Saxenian, Rama Lakshminarayanan, and Kirrin Gill. The team benefited from contributions and advice from a large number of people, both within and outside the World Bank.

Women are responsible for up to three-quarters of the food produced annually in the developing world, ln parts of Africa, women produce 80 percent of the food consumed domestically and at least 50 percent of export crops. Women also constitute one-third of the world's wage-labor force and one-fourth of the industrial labor force. Much of women's workboth within and outside the homeis unpaid and therefore not counted. If the gross domestic product (GDP) included domestic work, it would increase by 25 percent (UN 1991).

Similarly, sexual abuse or female genital mutilation during childhood increase the likelihood of poor physical and mental health in later years. 1). Different health and nutrition problems affect females at different stages of the life cycle, from infancy and childhood to adolescence and the reproductive years to the postreproductive period. For developing countries as a whole, 25 percent of females are aged 0 to 9, 21 percent are 10 to 19, 36 percent are 20 to 45, and 18 percent are over 45. Infancy and Childhood Girls are born with certain inherent biological advantages that make them less vulnerable than boys to childhood diseases, given equal nutrition, health conditions, and health care.

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