Childhood Poverty Research
A team of ANU researchers, led by Professor Sharon Bessell, is undertaking research in Indonesia to understand, measure, and respond to childhood poverty in a way that is child-centred and sensitive to gender. The current project involved participatory research in Indonesia with children aged between 7 and 15 years. This research is particularly important in understanding and developing responses to childhood poverty in ways that recognise the experiences of girls and boys as different.
It identifies the ways gender-based inequality, discrimination against women and lack of empowerment emerge in childhood and shape and constrain the lives and choices of poor girls. Over the coming years this research will be extended to additional countries and serve as the basis for policy engagement and recommendations.
For related academic work please see the Children’s Policy Centre.