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Shopar (19) taking care of his doves in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Nathalie Bertrams/GAGE

Revisiting the impact of covid-19 on adolescents in urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh: round 2

05.03.21 | Bangladesh

Bodily integrity and freedom from violence | COVID-19 | Economic empowerment | Education and learning | Psychosocial well-being | Sexual reproductive health and nutrition | Urban | Voice and agency

Authors

Samira Ahmed Raha, Md. Sajib Rana, Saklain Al Mamun, Mehedi Hasan Anik, Prantik Roy, Farhana Alam and Maheen Sultan

This research is part of the Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence (GAGE) programme, a nine-year, mixed methods longitudinal research and evaluation programme following the lives of 20,000 adolescents in six low- and middle-income countries. BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health (BRAC JPGSPH) and the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD) partnered to carry out rapid-response research in Dhaka to gain an understanding of vulnerable and underprivileged adolescents’ lives during the pandemic.

This policy brief presents findings from the second round of data collection which included 30 in-depth interviews with adolescents living in three sites in Dhaka. Findings show inequalities in access to and continuation of distance education, negative effects in psychosocial well-being, unequal access to digital connectivity, financial constraints, with inequalities between different socio-economic classes, gender and age groups, which put them at risk of discontinuing education, entering into child labour and also early marriage.

Suggested citation
Ahmed Raha, S., Rana, S., Al Mamun, S., Hasan Anik, M., Roy, P., Alam, F. and Sultan, M. (2021) ‘Listening to young people’s voices under covid-19. Revisiting the impact of covid-19 on adolescents in urban slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Round 2.’ Policy brief. London: Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence.

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