Sumary of Adolescent boys have higher mortality due to unintentional injury, interpersonal violence:
- Reviewed by Emily Henderson, B.Sc.Nov 9 2020 A new study on gender equality in health and wellbeing in the Asia Pacific region calls for greater attention to be paid to excess mortality and health risks experienced by boys in the first 20 years of life..
- however, there is a need for greater attention to adolescents as well as the effects of harmful gender norms on boys..
- But across the region, patriarchal systems strengthen gender norms “assigning higher status and power to boys over girls”, and “reward hegemonic (dominant) constructs of masculinity”..
- Although rates of upper secondary school participation and completion were similar for boys and girls in most countries, boys were more likely to be out of school in several East and South-East Asian and Pacific countries, and were more likely to be engaged in child labour and hazardous work,”.
- The study further noted that puberty is marked by “intensification of gender socialisation”, during which “gender identity, roles, and norms sharply diverge”.
- Peter Azzopardi, corresponding author of the study and associate professor at the Global Adolescent Health Group, Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia, tells SciDev.Net that the analysis also highlights “substantial regional and national variation in the impacts of gender inequality, emphasising the need for context-specific measurement, programming and policy”…