01 December 2020

Adolescent Girls’ Voices on Enhancing their Own Productivity in Pakistan

This study, entitled “Adolescent Girls Voices on Enhancing their Own Productivity in Pakistan,” was conducted in Punjab by the Population Council, with the support of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), to examine the lives, aspirations, and perspectives of the largely invisible and marginalized group of older adolescent girls (ages 15–19 years) who are “not in education, employment for pay or profit, nor in marriage” (“NEEM”). The study seeks to identify the reasons for the exclusion of the NEEM girls from education and participation in paid work; explore opportunities and avenues for changing these girls’ existing opportunity structures; and probe the gender norms and behaviors underlying their marginalization to obtain insights into what it would take to change their situation. The study was conducted in three districts of Punjab. To select these districts, we divided the 36 districts of the province into three regions comprised of contiguous districts. From each region, we selected one district on the basis of the proportion of older adolescent girls who are NEEM. Kasur and Rajanpur represent areas with high proportions of NEEM girls (54 percent and 40 percent respectively) within their respective regions. On the other hand, Faisalabad was selected for having the lowest proportion of NEEM girls (34 percent) and also because it is a more developed district with greater economic opportunities.
26 March 2020

How to protect your family’s mental health in the face of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Parents and children are facing major life disruptions with the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). School closures, physical distancing, it’s a lot to take in and it’s difficult for everyone in the family. We sat down with expert adolescent psychologist, best-selling author, monthly  New York Times  columnist and mother of two Dr. Lisa…, Dr. Damour: Start by finding out what they are hearing or what they think is true. It’s not enough to just give your kid facts. If your child has picked up something that is inaccurate or picked up news that is not correct they will combine the new information you give them with the old information they have into a sort of Frankenstein…, Dr. Damour: Let them be sad and don’t try to guilt them out of it. Don’t say, “Other people have this worse than you.” Now your kid feels sad and guilty! That doesn’t make it better. Say to them, “You are having the right reaction. This really stinks. You’re not going to get to be with your friends. You’re not going to get to spend spring on…, Dr. Damour: In our house — I have two daughters — we’ve decided that we are going to have a dinner team every night. We’re going to create a schedule of who’s in charge of dinner and sometimes it’ll be me and my spouse and sometimes it’ll be me and one of my daughters. We’ll mix it up in pairs, and my older daughter is a teen and my younger…