OECD Development Centre Issues Paper on adolescent girls
Table of Contents
Why discriminatory social institutions affecting adolescent girls matter
The OECD Development Centre released this Issues Paper in April 2013. The main findings were presented at a workshop on “Event:Empowering adolescent girls by tackling social norms“, which took place on 26 April 2013 in London. It was organised by the UK Department for International Development, the OECD Development Centre, the Overseas Development Institute and the Girl Hub.
About the Issues Paper
This issues paper starts with an overview of social institutions as a framework for understanding gender inequality and presents findings relevant to adolescent girls from the SIGI and time-use surveys. The second section examines the relationship between discriminatory social institutions and education and health outcomes for adolescent girls. The final section proposes policy actions with examples of promising practice.
- Persistent discriminatory social institutions such as early marriage, genderbased violence, son bias, time poverty and restricted inheritance rights are an
obstacle to adolescent girls’ empowerment.
- There are only 6 girls for every 10 boys enrolled in secondary school in countries where women and girls physical integrity is most restricted, compared to equal numbers of girls and boys in countries with low restrictions.
- Policies and programmes targeting adolescent girls need to address discriminatory social institutions. A mix of policies is required including an enabling legal environment; community awareness, empowerment and mobilisation programmes; social protection and incentives.