A collection of ESRC-DFID-funded research which identifies critical elements to address if women’s and girls’ lives are to change for the better. Explores mobility constraints; barriers to healthcare; and the significance of education systems in enhancing economic opportunities and career choices.
In this talk Nicola Ansell (Professor of Human Geography at Brunel University London) questions whether child marriage campaigns take account of the contexts, or the complexity, of young women's lives. She argues that calls for a universal age limit of 18 for marriage are missing the point.
For young girls in developing countries, not knowing how to manage their periods can hinder access to education. Research from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London demonstrates that in rural Uganda, providing free sanitary products and lessons about puberty to girls may increase their attendance at school.
Principal Investigator: Elaine Sara Unterhalter. Lead Organisation: University College London (UCL).
Co-investigators: Relebohile Moletsane (University of KwaZulu-Natal); Rosie Peppin Vaughan (UCL); Catherine Marion Jere (University of East Anglia); Dorothy Cynthia Nampota (University of Malawi)
Researcher: Helen Ruth Longlands (UCL)