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Keep checking this page for the latest announcements and other timely information of interest on gender norms. Visit the Events page to see what ALIGN is up to, plus wrap-ups and summaries from past events. 

ALIGN Research Fund Awardees

ALIGN launched its first research fund in December 2018, and expects to run a second round of research funding in spring 2019. With a total amount of £90,000, the first round of ALIGN’s Research Fund made six awards, exploring a range of themes from education to media and gender norm change in highly varied contexts. The organisations leading the research include the SIDRA Institute, Visionaria Network, EQuIC (Education Quality Improvement Consortium), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Coffey International. The projects include desk-based research synthesising insights on norm change from the Girls’ Education Challenge;  an evaluation examining the impact of comprehensive sexuality education on intimate partner violence in Mexico City; studies of the impacts of  gender-responsive curricula on gender norms in Peru and Indonesia; and action research projects exploring gender norm change through digital media in Somalia. Please check the ALIGN Platform for future updates about these projects, including their learning outputs.

New - ALIGN Blog 

We are pleased to announce our new blog is now live. The ALIGN blog captures diverse and topical opinions on gender norms change from across our Community of Practice. The first entry explores highlights from the recent Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit in Bali, Indonesia, by Rachel Marcus. If you have an idea for a blog, contact us. 

Out now | Empowering Adolescent Girls in Developing Countries: Gender Justice and Norm Change

Adolescence is a pivotal time in a girl's life. The development of educational, physical, psychosocial, familial, political and economic capabilities enable girls to reach their full potential and contribute to the wellbeing of their families and society. However, progress is still significantly constrained by discriminatory gender norms and the related attitudes and practices which restrict girls’ horizons, restrain their ambition and, if unfettered, allow exploitation and abuse.

Empowering Adolescent Girls in Developing Countries explores the detrimental impact of discriminatory gender norms on adolescent girls’ lives across very different contexts. Grounded in four years of in-depth research in Ethiopia, Nepal, Uganda and Viet Nam, the book adopts a holistic approach, recognising the inter-related nature of capabilities and the importance of local context. By exploring the theory of gendered norm change, contextualising and examining socialisation processes, the book identifies the patriarchal vested interests in power, authority and moral privilege, which combine in attempts to restrict and control girls’ lives.

This book is edited by ALIGN project lead Dr Caroline Harper (ODI Principal Research Fellow and Head of Programme, Social Development) and features contributions from ALIGN project collaborators including Rachel Marcus (ODI Senior Research Fellow), Dr Nicola Jones (Director, GAGE programme) and Dr Fiona Samuels (ODI Senior Research Fellow), plus research partners in the Global South. 

The Open Access version of this book, which can be accessed here, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Book cover