According to national data, an estimated 170 million (40 percent) of India’s children and adolescents are vulnerable and living in difficult circumstances. Due to a complex historical and cultural legacy of gender discrimination, adolescent girls are often most at risk. If empowered to access meaningful education and training, these young people have the potential to be a socially and economically transformative force for the nation.
Harvard FXB’s Gender and Adolescent Agency program, led by Research Director Jacqueline Bhabha, is an ambitious composite action research project. Based on data collected in different states and different constituencies, the program goal is to generate evidence-based recommendations to better protect and empower vulnerable adolescents across India. To date, investigations have focused primarily on the factors impinging on educational access for marginalized, Indian adolescent girls, as part of a more general inquiry into agency and empowerment.
- Health for the Worlds Adolescents: A Second Chance in the Second Decade (World Health Organization)
- Progress for Children A report card on adolescents (UNICEF, 2012)
- The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence An Age of Opportunity (UNICEF)
- Government of India 2014, Status of Children in 14-18 Years: Review 0f Policy, Programme and Legislative Framework 2012-2013