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Real Choices, Real Lives Reports

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REAL CHOICES, REAL LIVES

READ THE REPORTS FROM OUR COHORT STUDY

Real Choices, Real Lives is a longitudinal research study following 142 girls born in 2006 until 2024, when they turn 18. We set up the study to gain in-depth understanding of attitudes towards gender within families and how these attitudes impact on girls' lives over time.

Every year, researchers visit the girls and their families to document and explore how the changing world around them influences their lives and personalities. This unqiue dataset gathers information on the social, economic, cultural and insititutional variables that surround girls' lives.

Researchers interview the girls and their families to uncover new and more detailed knowledge through the various stages of childhood. Read our annual reports below to find out more about important aspects of their lives. 

A girl from our Real Choices, Real Lives study in Uganda
A girl from our Real Choices, Real Lives study in Uganda

GIRLS CHALLENGING THE GENDER RULES

2019 report

In 2019, we draw from in-depth analysis of 37 girls going through early adolescence in the three Sub-Saharan African Cohort countries: Benin, Togo and Uganda.

Our analysis shows that all the Cohort girls are noticing, questioning or rejecting expectations around their behaviour and roles in at least one area of their lives, from views about household work to what is considered acceptable female behaviour and future aspirations.

Our reports

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