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Research Panorama March 2021

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We are excited to share our quarter 1 GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.

In light of the 65th session of The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) (2021) we would like to reflect on this year’s priority theme: ‘women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life’ with a particular focus on younger women and girls’ active participation. Female and especially girls’ participation in decision-making platforms is a vital component in the fight against a number of pressing global issues such as climate change, child marriage and violence. In this first Panorama of 2021, we focus on adolescent girls’ participation across these issue areas. Adolescents’ economic and political contexts, as well as gender relations and social norms can influence their participation in public life. To highlight some of these challenges, the Q1 Panorama includes a country spotlight on Lebanon, which has faced significant economic and political changes in recent years and seen a surge in youth protests and public participation (see Box 1). We would also like to highlight a new GAGE blog entitled ‘We Need Youth Leadership To Carve Out A Better Future’ by a 19-year-old Lebanese girl who discusses her experiences of volunteering to support families caught in crisis and the importance of youth leadership.

We are delighted to share three new reports exploring: 1) the impact of climate change on adolescent capabilities across Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Jordan; 2) the experiences of adolescents from the marginalised Dom community in Jordan; and 3) the complex drivers of child marriage in humanitarian contexts through the eyes of adolescents. We would also like to highlight two new journal articles, one on human rights education in humanitarian settings and another on patterns of exclusion facing adolescents with disabilities in Ethiopia. Finally, we would like to mention two policy briefs from Bangladesh, one on adolescent voice and agency through technology use, and another on revisiting the impact of covid-19 on adolescents from our round 2 data collection.

The GAGE Research Panorama provides an overview of current research on adolescents over the most recent GAGE quarter, as well as external grey and published literature, specifically looking at articles that relate, from a gender perspective, to GAGE’s key capability domains: education and learning; bodily integrity and freedom from violence; health, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health; psychosocial well-being; voice and agency; and economic empowerment. It also aims to look at the ways specific vulnerabilities such as age, disability and refugee status further disadvantage adolescents in achieving these capabilities.

Read the quarter 1 GAGE Gender and Adolescence Research Panorama.