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.
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This webinar discusses the norms that undergird child marriage, taking evidence from field work by ICRW in Malawi, by INSAD in Mexico and by Plan International in 8 Latin American countries has focused on the roles deep-rooted norms and local context play. Presenters discuss the foundations of child marriage in these different contexts, shared their experiences measuring social norms, and aimed to shed light on ways to catalyse meaningful and sustained social change.
In Maasailand, a group of 750 progressive young men called the Anti-Cut warriors are shifting the cultural landscape by challenging Maasai social and gender norms and seeking to end harmful traditional practices.
This background paper reviews literature on social norm change theory and programming, with a focus on public health. It is an output of the 'scale-up' learning community within the Learning Collaborative to advance Research and Practice on Normative Change for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive health and well-being. Issues of power imbalances and inequality, particularly related to gender, are discussed and a number of interventions and community-based health programs are reviewed to discuss what constitutes 'normative change interventions. '
This article explores associations between attitudes and social norms, and self-esteem of refugees in Ethiopian refugee camps. The findings indicate how shifting collective norms around gender inequity, particularly at the community and peer levels, may sustainably support the safety and well-being of adolescent girls in refugee settings.
This three-part ODI podcast series explores how harmful gendered norms effect the lives of girls in developing countries. Through interviews with girls, their families and communities, and gender and development researchers, the episodes discuss topics around gender norms theory and history, the complexities of changing norms, and positive interventions to empower girls' and transform their futures.
This qualitative study identifies opportunities for changing norms that limit girls' freedoms and rights. The research looked at adolescent girls and boys living in five communities in Colombia, using participants in Plan International's Champions of Change gender equality programme. The findings indicate: 1) the intersecting vulnerabilities of boys and girls; 2) their understanding and experiences of how positive change happens to dispel harmful gender norms, and 3) the change makers that influence social norms.
This rigorous review synthesises studies on the empowerment impacts of girls’ clubs and life skills programmes with a gender equality focus. All programmes provided life skills education, which focused primarily on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), communication skills and changing gender norms.
The OECD Development Centre’s Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a unique cross-country measure of gender-based discrimination in social institutions.
This report explores the role of law reform as a tool for changing gender norms that affect adolescent girls, with a focus on child marriage laws. It finds that law reform is most effective in changing gender norms when it is building on changes in behaviour or attitudes that are already starting to occur. For reforms to have maximum impact, there needs to be widespread awareness of new laws and public confidence that they will be enforced.