A question of culture? Tackling the barriers that prevent adolescent girls from accessing family planning

October 2012
Simon Wright, Nicola Jones and Lakshmi Sundaram
'18 million girls under the age of 20 give birth each year ... and nine in ten are married ... How should we try and change cultural practices that perpetuate gender inequalities and restrict young women and girls' access to reproductive rights?'

To mark International Day of the Girl Child Simon Wright  Head of Child Survival at Save the Children, Nicola Jones, ODI research fellow and Lakshmi Sundaram, Global Coordinator of Girls not Brides discuss girls' access to reproductive rights.

In this podcast participants explore the importance of culture and ask how and should cultural practices that perpetuate gender inequalities and hinder girls’ access to reproductive rights be tackled? Is more education the answer? How do we involve boys and men in our programme and policy responses? How do we go about measuring the extent to which girls become empowered to access family planning and in turn wield control over their bodies?