The Government of Zimbabwe has prioritised the need for better adolescent reproductive health (ARH) to combat HIV/AIDS transmission, reduce teenage pregnancies and the proportion of school dropouts, and ensure equality of health provision to the country's youth. In view of the paucity of information on the identities of adolescents as they construct and experience them themselves, UNICEF ESARO in 2001 commissioned this study on young people in Zimbabwe. The focus of the research is upon the subjects' own accounts of themselves, their feelings, experiences and relationships with others - their peers, parents, teachers, church and community leaders - in different contexts. In this report, the authors describe the kinds of masculine and feminine identities that are commonly articulated by boys and girls in the interviews we conducted.
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