According to Purmina Menon, “What India’s starving children don’t need is more blind handouts. What they do need is real social change.” Menon links widespread malnutrition to harmful cultural practices, such as early marriage, that target women and girls: “Empowering women is one of the most effective ways to improve nutrition, especially for children…the low status of women contributes to hunger and malnutrition.” (August 26, 2010)