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Addressing Gender Norms Through Education: Developing and Implementing Adolescent Curriculum


January 9, 2015
New Delhi, India

A one day seminar to explore new developments in curriculum development and implementation by state, civil, and the academic community.

Education is crucial to re-orienting gender stereotypes and traditional gender roles.  It has the potential to address gender based discrimination and violence by altering patriarchal and repressive mindsets.  Though there have been many attempts to create educational frameworks that address gender norms a comprehensive nationwide program is yet to be implemented. There is a need for a framework that promotes healthy attitudes about gender and sexual health; empowers young people with accurate, age appropriate and culturally relevant information that is accessible and engaging; and develops skills to enable them to respond to situations in a gender sensitive manner. The objective of this seminar is to identify innovative strategies and curricular developments for adolescents.

Key stakeholders and experts from central and state governments, academic institutions, and civil society will discuss current research, public policies, and legal protections in this area. The discussion is intended to lay the ground for an action plan to expand and implement adolescent curriculum, and to monitor and evaluate innovative programs in this area.  Our hope is that by engaging together in this work we will contribute to changing contemporary gender norms in India so as to enhance the opportunity of all young people and protect students from discrimination and violence.

Participation by invitation only. Hosted by Harvard South Asia Institute Gender Violence Project, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University and Population Foundation of India.

Full participant list.