Call for Papers: Young Lives Conference on Adolescence, Youth and Gender

03 February, 2016

Young Lives at ODID is hosting a conference this September to promote dialogue and critical reflection on the latest evidence, current paradigms, concepts and approaches to adolescence, youth and gender in international development, and to consider the implications for policy and programming.

The two-day conference, titled 'Adolescence, Youth and Gender: Building Knowledge for Change', takes place 8-9 September at Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford.

‘Adolescence’ has risen high on the global agenda, with a particular focus on girls. Researchers, policymakers and practitioners are increasingly interested in the second decade of life as a newly recognised ‘window of opportunity’ to reduce poverty and inequality and to prevent the transmission of poverty across generations.

The conference will examine key questions relating to adolescence, youth and gender in global contexts, for example:

  • When and how do gender inequalities emerge and manifest themselves during the first two decades of life, and what are the later consequences for both young men and women?
  • What is the interplay between gender norms, political-economic structures and individual behaviours?
  • How does gender relate to poverty and to other intersecting inequalities in adolescence and youth (age, ethnicity/race/caste, class, location, sexuality, disability, etc.)?
  • What does ‘empowerment’ look like for young people in different contexts, and is empowerment a solution to exclusion and discrimination?
  • 'What works’ to reduce gender inequality, and how does reducing gender inequality in the first two decades of life have long-term effects over the life course?

Download the Call for Papers. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 February 2016.

Registration will open in late February.