Economic empowerment, school participation and changing social norms: How can we best develop structural interventions to enable adolescent contracept

What is it?

The video is of a webinar that took place on 19 July. Reducing adolescent childbearing is a global priority; enabling contraceptive use is one means of achieving this. Upstream factors, such as gender inequalities, fertility norms, poverty, girls’ empowerment and schooling can be major factors affecting contraceptive use; structural interventions aim to address these factors. Structural interventions include those aiming to increase schooling, e.g. through cash transfers or legislation, to increase economic empowerment, e.g. through cash transfers, livelihoods training or employment opportunities, or to change social norms around gender and adolescent sexuality and fertility e.g. through actively engaging community members in dialogue. This webinar looks at what interventions have been evaluated in low- and middle-income countries and what is needed to move the field forward and ensure the best evidence and interventions are conducted in the future. For more information on the webinar please click here.