Protection and Empowerment of Adolescent Girls

The life decisions adolescent migrant and refugee girls make as they grow and mature have enormous consequences for their well-being as adults. They are often forced to take on responsibilities, such as getting a job and securing food for their families, that they are not ready or equipped to take, while being at heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence, exploitation, and abuse. The Women’s Refugee Commission advocates for humanitarian programming that considers the age-specific needs of adolescents and recognizes the diversity of young people. Our research informs the development and use of resources for humanitarian actors engaging with adolescent migrant and refugee girls, as well as with their families and communities.