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A blind spot in girls' education: Menarche and its webs of exclusion in Ghana

Dolan, Catherine, Ryus, Caitlin, Dopson, Sue, Montgomery, Paul and Scott, Linda (2014) A blind spot in girls' education: Menarche and its webs of exclusion in Ghana. Journal of International Development, 26 (5). pp. 643-657.


Despite notable progress in girls' education over the last decade, gender-based differences continue to shape educational outcomes. One of the most overlooked of these differences is the process of maturation itself, including menstruation. This paper presents the findings of a study that assessed the impact of sanitary care on the school attendance of post-pubertal girls, as well as the implications of menarche for their well-being. The study found that the provision of adequate sanitary care represents a relatively unrecognized but potentially fruitful tool in strategies that aim to improve girls' educational outcomes, one that warrants policy consideration among development planners

Item Type: Article
Keywords: education; development; gender; puberty; menarche; marketing
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2013 11:46
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2017 12:26
Funders: Not applicable

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