A global policy focus since 2000 on the first decade of children’s lives
has resulted in impressive achievements, including dramatic reductions
in child mortality and the expansion of primary schooling. To uphold and
build upon these gains, however, a new focus is needed on the crucial
period of adolescence, when gender differences widen, particularly for
the poorest children, and decisions are made around education, work,
marriage and fertility that have a critical impact on long-term outcomes
for girls and boys.
Using unique cohort data that follows the same children over time, Young
Lives is able to track how gender inequalities open up during
adolescence, and what causes inequality to shift and persist in
different ways within and between countries. By doing so, we can provide
insights into key windows of opportunity for policymakers to invest in
children during the second decade of their lives, to mitigate the worst
effects of poverty, broaden the options open to them, and support both
girls and boys to reach their full potential.
Feeny, E.; Crivello, G. How Gender Shapes Adolescence: Diverging Paths and Opportunities. Young Lives, Department of International Development at the University of Oxford, Oxford, UK (2015) 6 pp.
How Gender Shapes Adolescence: Diverging Paths and Opportunities