Adolescence, Youth and Gender: Building Knowledge for Change

This two-day international conference hosted by Young Lives will promote dialogue and critical reflection on the latest evidence, paradigms, concepts and approaches to adolescence, youth and gender in international development and consider the implications for policy and programming.

Given recent demographic trends, ‘adolescence’ has risen high on the global agenda with a particular focus on girls. Researchers, policy-makers 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.

But the current enthusiasm about the potential benefits of ‘investing’ in adolescents is not without its problems. Interventions aimed at young people commonly reflect a false dichotomy wherein ‘adolescence’ is viewed as relevant to girls, whereas ‘youth’ refers to young men. There is overlap in international definitions of adolescents as young people between the ages of 10 and 19 and youth as persons between the ages of 15 and 24. To what extent are these concepts useful, not only in terms of practical interventions, but also as a reflection of social life? There are further challenges of reaching girls in contexts where they are excluded from public spaces, of understanding the role of culture in bringing about change, and in the risk of focusing on the individual rather than structural barriers as the solution to marginalisation and exclusion.

Find out more on the Young Lives website.

08 Sep to 09 Sep
09:00 to 17:00
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Lady Margaret Hall