Wikigender and Wikichild would like to hear your views, lessons learned and best practices or policies on empowering adolescent girls. From 2-11 April 2013, we invite you to participate in an online discussion on “The impact of discriminatory social norms on adolescent girls” and to be heard at a workshop on “Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms” that takes place on 26 April in London. The event will be co-organised by the OECD Development Centre, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the Department for International Development (DFID UK) and The Girl Hub. The inputs from the Wikigender and Wikichild communities in this discussion will be presented via a summary report at the event.This online discussion is organised in partnership with the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Research Network (HBSC), the Department for International Development (DFID UK), ASCD – The Whole Child, the Girl Hub, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and Plan (UK). The discussion will close on 11 April 2013 at 17h (GMT+1).
This online discussion will be a unique opportunity to gather your views on:
How discriminatory social norms shape the lives of adolescent girls by influencing their access to opportunities, resources and power
Which interventions are the most effective in transforming such discriminatory social norms and practices*.
Participants will be invited to share their examples of successful approaches, recommendations and actions needed with the gender and development community.
* Discriminatory social institutions include, for example: early marriage, gender-based violence, the division of labour in the household, restricted physical integrity, limited fertility preferences and unequal inheritance rights. See more at www.genderindex.org.
How do widely accepted social norms and practices (such as early marriage, son bias, etc.) hinder the empowerment of adolescent girls? What can be done about it?
How do these practices affect girls and boys differently? Are there examples of places (home, school, work, urban vs. rural areas) where girls are particularly at risk and why? What is your experience of measuring and monitoring changes in social norms?
How can the voices and perspectives of adolescent girls be brought into global development discussions? How can the balance between long term planning and short term project/donor cycles be justified?
We look forward to your participation! We strongly encourage you to disseminate news about the online discussion via your networks and on Twitter using #AdolescentGirls and the following link to this page: http://bit.ly/X4SWmwAnyone with an Internet connection is invited to participate in the discussion and we encourage you to express your views on this pressing issue.
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