By Ananya Ria Roy
The theme for International Women’s Day 2020 is #EachforEqual and the belief that an equal world is an enabled world.
The NNEdPro Global Centre for Nutrition and Health is proud to be an organisation that can be a platform to give all our members a voice and strive to create equal opportunities throughout the organisation’s networks and projects.
It would not be an understatement to say that women are a key driving force at NNEdPro in helping to achieve our mission. In fact, over 60% of NNEdPro’s Governors and Advisors, Board of Directors, Global Innovation Panel and Virtual Core is comprised of women (Read more about our members here: https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/members)
Creating opportunities for all is at the heart of our organisation - from supporting anyone with a passion for nutrition throughout their careers starting from the International Academy of Nutrition Education e.g. through mentoring (see membership benefits: https://www.nnedpro.org.uk/iane ), or their research careers, or to supporting projects completely run by and for the empowerment of women such as the Mobile Teaching Kitchens in India.
The Mobile Teaching Kitchen in India - Bhavishya Shakti - is one such programme helping to create more opportunities for the empowerment of women and their families. The project is now a microenterprise where women from urban slums in Kolkata are confidently creating nutritionally balanced meals developed by dieticians and tailored towards the needs of the local market to tackle the triple burden of malnutrition in India and transfer knowledge amongst the general public about healthy affordable meals.
Img1: A busy afternoon at the Bhavishya Shakti Mobile Teaching Kitchen in March 2020
Img2: How to ’Eat right in one bite’ at a local MTK: An example of a nutritionally balanced meal comprised of a Besan Chila, a vegetable tick, egg curry and green chutney. All for the affordable price of INR 50. 📷
We’re proud to see the Bhavishya Shakti champions have inspired those beyond Kolkata and women are inspiring those across India (e.g. in Punjab as well as Odisha. In the latter the Odisha Millets Mission (OMM) is negotiating with women collectives of the state to replicate the mobile teaching kitchen model to impart nutrition education, read more here: https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/poshan-news-orissa-sees-potential-in-nutrition-education-on-wheel-model/348244 ).
NNEdPro is proud to be an international and diverse organisation made up of Health care professionals, Professors, Doctors, Dietitians, Nutritionists, Educators and Students working with the tenacity to ensure that we can provide nutrition education for all because we believe that an equal world is an enabled world. Nutrition Education has a fundamental role in societies globally, malnutrition in hospitals costs Billions each year and more importantly lives there are also ever-increasing links between disease and diet.
NNEdPro is committed to closing the gap this is a vital part of the process to bring some of the most vulnerable and often heavily exploited members of our societies up to speed. The award-winning mobile teaching kitchen is an example, by enabling these women the tools, platform and education they are now able to very successfully provide an education for their children, an income for their families and healthy affordable meals in Indian cities. NNEdPro throughout our regional networks will continue to enable nutrition education for all, to improve health and wellbeing globally.