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GW: Researchers Examine Adolescent Gender Attitudes in India

Researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health recently published two studies analyzing gender attitudes among adolescents in India. In India, women and girls frequently face gender-based discrimination, which can lead to adverse health outcomes. During adolescence, boys and girls begin to develop lifelong attitudes about gender.

One study evaluated the effectiveness of the Girl Rising Gender-Sensitization Program in India. The Girl Rising Gender-Sensitization Program is a comprehensive 24-week curriculum built around the Girl Rising feature film and multimedia tools, with the goal of supporting adolescent boys and girls in identifying and sharing their gender-related experiences. Girl Rising is a global initiative that uses storytelling to change cultural and social attitudes toward women and girls worldwide. Milken Institute School of Public Health is the official academic partner of Girl Rising. Researchers found that, after completing the curriculum, both adolescent boys and girls had more positive gender-based attitudes and a greater understand of gender-based discrimination.

The second study examined the development of gender attitudes among adolescent boys and girls in India. Nearly 1,700 boys and girls took a survey about their beliefs on gender-based roles, norms and discrimination. The findings suggest more attention must be paid to adolescent boys so that they can become supporters of women and girls later in life.

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