“Girls are like leaves on the wind” – How gender expectations impact girls’ education in West Nile, Uganda

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In most places around the world, girls are now as likely as boys to be enrolled in primary school, and in some lower- and middle-income countries, girls are achieving higher levels of education than boys.1 This is not the case, however, in most sub-Saharan African nations, where girls continue to fall behind boys, particularly at the secondary level. Secondary schooling is essential for both women’s empowerment,2 and for sustainable economic development.3 Understanding why gender gaps persist, and in particular why girls are more likely than boys to drop out of school, can illuminate opportunities to enhance girls’ educational attainment and improve their transitions to adulthood.


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