Adolescence: Is it a function of age, social convention, puberty? #adolescence #girls

151189525Globally, adolescents are two times more likely to be out of school than primary school aged children. Nearly eight million 15-24-year-olds in Europe are not in education, employment or training. Almost half of all women in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are married before eighteen. Is it time to ask the question: “Are we failing adolescents?”       

One of the many issues that affect girls going through adolescence is menstruation, which brings a host of new problems because all cultures diminish what happens to girls.

That time of the month shouldn’t mean missing school – period. How do you react to that time of the month? Shame? Pride?

The positive impact of educating girls is no secret, and yet girls are still missing school due to completely preventable reasons. It’s a fact: girls get periods. But menstruation shouldn’t result in absences, and girls shouldn’t miss out on an education as a result.

Menstruation is not something a girl is going to openly admit that she misses school for.

How do we change the pressure put on girls? Begin with one girl and be there for her no matter the situation or time. Listen. Model. Have fun, too.

Are We Failing Adolescents? Structural Determinants & Social Determinants – UNICEF

http://blogs.unicef.org/2015/04/18/are-we-failing-adolescents/

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