We are excited to share our quarter three GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.
On 12 August, this year’s International Youth Day (IYD) with the theme of ‘Youth Engagement for Global Action’ was commemorated. This day provided an opportunity to encourage the active participation and engagement of young people across the world and it highlighted the importance of empowering youth to become agents of change in their communities. As the covid-19 pandemic continues, it is essential that we bring young peoples’ voices to the forefront of policy and programming. In conjunction with IYD, GAGE – on behalf of the Adolescent Girls Investment Plan (AGIP) coalition – has released a cross-country report that highlights the adolescent- and gender specific impacts of covid-19 across four low-income countries.
Throughout the current pandemic the indirect health impacts of covid-19 have become clear, particularly in relation to a lack of access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. This was also a clear theme in our recently produced series of policy briefs on urban youth with different vulnerabilities (sex workers, domestic workers, factory workers and those with disabilities or HIV+) in Ethiopia. In line with this, the Q3 GAGE Research Panorama has a strong focus on sexual and reproductive health. This quarter’s edition also has a country spotlight on Rwanda and includes a summary of some of GAGE’s key findings in relation to adolescent pregnancies in Rwanda (see Box 1), drawing on findings from two new policy briefs that explore 1) adolescent capabilities and empowerment programming and 2) adolescent pregnancies and SRH in Rwanda.
Finally, we are happy to share two new policy briefs in our ‘covid-19 series’: one on the impacts of the pandemic on Rohingya adolescents in Cox’s Bazar in partnership with IPA and UNHCR, and one on the consequences of covid-19 on child marriage in Ethiopia, as well as a policy brief on adolescent international migration for work in the adult entertainment sector in Nepal. GAGE consortium members have also published three recent journal articles on: 1) gender norms and adolescent experiences of violence in Ethiopia in Global Public Health 2) a gender-equitable school (GES) index to measure factors that impact secondary school pass rate in International Health and 3) an analysis of a new index designed to assess the existence and strength of legislation on violence against women and girls in LMICs in BMC International Health and Human Rights.