The social in 'psychosocial': how gender norms drive psychosocial distress
Gender norms and safe abortion
Globally around 22 million unsafe abortions take place every year, two-fifths of them among young women aged 15-24, and the vast majority in low and middle income countries.
A number of factors contribute to unsafe abortion. These include laws and policies that restrict provision and drive women and girls to unsafe alternatives; poverty, that drives women and girls to seek abortions if they cannot afford a child; and a web of gendered social norms related to sexuality, motherhood and abortion.
In different contexts these norms combine to limit women’s and girls’ negotiation power within sexual relationships, and stigmatise both pregnancies outside marriage and abortion.
ALIGN’s annotated bibliography on social and gender norms and safe abortion, developed by Claudia Lo Forte, presents recent open access studies that explores the impact of gendered social norms on access to safe abortion.
This ALIGN diagram shows some of the norms and other factors that affect access to safe abortion in different contexts.
This graphic highlights factors that contribute to unsafe abortions in low and middle-income countries. It identifies a number of social and gender norms, highlights factors that influence them, and shows the ways that these influence women’s and girls’ access to services, their agency and knowledge, and stigma around abortion.
Case study: Changing norms to tackle child marriage and promote sexual and reproductive health rights in India
Case study: Exploring opportunities for and challenges to adolescents' psychosocial and mental health in Gaza
This Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) briefing paper discusses the capabilities of adolescents in Gaza, highlighting the constraints and burdens faced by girls in particular. Social and gender norms are at the heart of these constraints, which are also shaped by the political turmoil and poverty.
In May and June, 2015, media outlets around the world reported a devastating new finding that shocked the public and public health researchers alike. The Telegraph, Guardian, and National Public Radio all published articles highlighting the fact that suicide had surpassed maternal mortality as the leading cause of death among girls aged 15–19 years globally.