Adolescent girls life aspirations and reproductive health in Nepal

Copyright © 2017 | SDG4A | UNFPA | Mathur, S., Malhotra, A., & Mehta, M. (2001). Adolescent girls life aspirations and reproductive health in Nepal, Reproductive Health Matters, 9 (17), 91-100.
Copyright © 2017 | SDG4A | UNFPA | Mathur, S., Malhotra, A., & Mehta, M. (2001). Adolescent girls life aspirations and reproductive health in Nepal, Reproductive Health Matters, 9 (17), 91-100.

Copyright © 2017 | SDG4A | UNFPA | Mathur, S., Malhotra, A., & Mehta, M. (2001). Adolescent girls life aspirations and reproductive
health in Nepal, Reproductive Health Matters, 9 (17), 91-100.

The study described in this paper takes a participatory and positive approach to improving
adolescent reproductive health in a rural and urban community in Nepal. It shows that adolescent
girls in these communities have dreams and aspirations for a better future and that adults
acknowledge and support these ideals. However, social norms and institutions are restrictive,
especially for girls, who are often unable to realise their hopes for continuing education, finding
better-paid work or delaying marriage and childbearing, and this directly impacts reproductive
outcomes. Insight into the broader context of adolescent girls’ lives provides a valuable framework
for designing positive programmatic actions which take as their entry point the disjuncture between
girls’aspirations and realities. Interventions begun in these communities include youth clubs for safe
social interaction and literacy classes; training of peer educators to teach life-skills, including for
married adolescents; forums for parents, teachers and health service providers to discuss their own
concerns and those of adolescents; and work with the community to design programmes that will
contribute to greater financial independence and employment opportunities for adolescents.

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