Tell them you are planning for the future: Gender norms and family planning among adolescents in northern Uganda
The article, “Tell them you are planning for the future: Gender norms and family planning among adolescents in northern Uganda,” published in November 2013 by the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics, describes a study conducted in two post-conflict districts in north-central Uganda. Life histories from adolescents and in-depth interviews with individuals identified as significantly influencing the lives of adolescents showed that social changes brought about by the conflict, combined with cultural values and gender norms, strongly influence fertility desires and contraceptive use. Despite support for smaller, spaced families, gendered barriers to adolescent use of family planning and access to services are significant, even among married couples.
The increased recognition of gender influence on adolescent reproductive health can encourage greater investment in gender transformative interventions with the potential to significantly improve sexual and reproductive health across the life course.
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Publisher International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics