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Research into Gender Equality and ECD initiatives

Overview

Between 2014 and 2015, Plan and partner organizations conducted research on the gender dimensions of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and parenting initiatives in 11 countries of the Asia region using Plan’s Gender in ECD assessment tools.

The research aimed to support teams to identify where existing interventions need to be strengthened in order that they: support parents/caregivers and educators to provide girls and boys equal care and opportunities for learning and play and ensure that children grow up free of limiting gendered expectations and attitudes around how they should behave, how they are valued and what they will be in the future. The report synthesizes the findings from the different countries, highlighting common issues around the gendered distribution of care work and men’s limited engagement; as well as the fact that in many of the communities studied, girls and boys are being prepared – from an early age – to be mothers/caregivers and fathers/providers of the future. 

  • Synthesis Report