Data presented in this Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents (BALIKA) fact sheet, “Highlight on Gender and Rights,” reveal that attitudes about gender equitability differ across domains and by the background characteristics of respondents in terms of education, marital status, and age. Those who are married, less educated, and young are less aware of gender equality and rights including domestic violence, autonomy, and confidence. The data suggest specific areas where interventions may produce positive outcomes. The BALIKA survey included a number of questions to measure the values held about gender equality in terms of marriage expectations, gender roles, masculinity, and acceptance of violence. Early marriage and childbearing can exacerbate gender inequitable attitudes by overemphasizing the gender-role specialization associated with domestic and childbearing responsibilities. Age and experience influence perceptions about societal norms. Almost all adolescent respondents in the BALIKA survey believed that men and women should be treated equally. Few adolescents perceived that their parents were biased toward their male child. More than 80 percent of the adolescents believed that men should assist women with household chores.
"BALIKA fact sheet: Highlight on gender and rights." New York: Population Council, 2014.
BALIKA (Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents)