Balancing Reproductive Rights and Protections from Child Marriage - Insights from developmental science
Policies aiming to protect children from early marriage can often be in direct tension with efforts to ensure adolescents' reproductive rights. Minimum age of marriage and the age at which young people can access contraceptive and reproductive health services vary widely globally and are often backed by limited evidence from adolescent developmental science. In this talk, Ahna will highlight some of the implications of these policies on development as well as highlight opportunities for insights from adolescent development to inform the precision of future program and policy efforts.
About the speaker: Ahna Suleiman is an Associate Project Scientist at UC Berkeley and a founding Co-Director of the Center on the Developing Adolescent, a transdisciplinary center dedicated to creating bidirectional bridges between developmental scientists and adolescent program and policy makers. She has over 25 years of experience working in the field of adolescent sexual and reproductive health and youth development. Her current research focuses on translating developmental science, with a specific focus on social and affective developmental neuroscience, into programs and policies both domestically and globally. She is the PI for the developmental science component of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Children Investment Fund Foundations collaborative Adolescent 360 project aiming to increase contraceptive use among 15-19 year olds in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Discover Learning Project, leveraging developmental science to improve health and education trajectories for 10-11 year olds in Tanzania.