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    Adolescent girls in displacement face heightened risks of exploitation including sexual abuse and gender based violence, forced marriage, and early pregnancy. Pregnancy and childbirth are the leading causes of death among girls 15-19 years old in developing countries. Girls are more likely than boys to be denied secondary education, which increases rates of early marriage and early childbearing. They are far more likely to be socially isolated, depriving them of friends, mentors and role models to shape their self-esteem and future well-being.

    Adolescence is a critical time to inspire and empower girls in the pivotal years. With the right skills and resources, adolescent girls can transform themselves, their families, their communities and their societies. Girls are so often overlooked that simply framing solutions with the girl at the center makes a tremendous difference.

    We focus on strengthening the capacity of the girl herself by learning directly from girls what works and what doesn't, then partnering with local organizations to design unique projects to meet girls' needs and to protect their rights. We work with the whole community to ensure that girls are not only individually empowered with what they need to succeed, but also collectively supported to achieve their full potential.