A BLIND SPOT IN GIRLS' EDUCATION: MENARCHE AND ITS WEBS OF EXCLUSION IN GHANA
Article first published online: 29 APR 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 643–657, July 2014
How to Cite
Dolan, C. S., Ryus, C. R., Dopson, S., Montgomery, P. and Scott, L. (2014), A BLIND SPOT IN GIRLS' EDUCATION: MENARCHE AND ITS WEBS OF EXCLUSION IN GHANA. J. Int. Dev., 26: 643–657. doi: 10.1002/jid.2917
- Issue published online: 1 JUL 2014
- Article first published online: 29 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 7 MAR 2013
- Manuscript Received: 1 FEB 2012
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. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.