Protection & Empowerment

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In conflict zones, some 26.5 million girls are out of school. In such contexts, girls account for only 30 percent of refugees enrolled in secondary school. When displaced, adolescent girls lose their mobility, their social support structures and their access to lifesaving services—and they risk becoming invisible to humanitarian relief efforts.

Displacement exacerbates adolescent girls' risks, but upheaval can also present an extraordinary opportunity to help them. For possibly the first time, these girls may be within reach of education, skills training, mentorship and sexual and reproductive health services. Humanitarian programs can identify girls who might have otherwise remained invisible, and engage boys and men alongside them in transforming gender norms. With careful research and proper planning, humanitarian programs can do more than protect—they can empower girls who, in turn, will transform their communities.