Growing up in a patriarchal society, I understood the discrimination against women from a very young age, and I had fallen into the trap of that mindset. Everything changed with education and training, which allowed me to recognize these barriers. I made it my mission to bring knowledge to other girls and women.
Every year in Nepal, almost 50% of children below five years of age lose their lives due to causes associated with poor nutrition, inappropriate feeding, and lack of information. Many mothers do not have adequate access to complete or up-to-date information on the nutritional requirements of their children.
To address this, my team and I developed a simple life hack: the Nutribeads Bracelet, an educational tool that is used to make mothers aware of the nutritional requirements of children in their first two years of life. This bracelet is made of a set of numbered beads that indicate the age interval of the child. Each color in the bracelet represents a specific type of food that needs to be included in the developing child’s meal.
Nutribeads is a way to educate girls and women about the fundamental importance of nutrition, especially in the critical formative first years of life, but as a tool that educates, it is also a step toward their empowerment and towards gender equality.