Adolescent Girls

Photo By: Sasha Pippenger/The IRC

Adolescent Girls in Emergencies

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Emergencies intensify discrimination, deprivation and social isolation that may exist even before relief teams arrive. Adolescent girls often lack the resources, skills and networks that help others to cope with crisis. Starting in the first days of a crisis, the humanitarian community must account for these realities and change how their programs engage and provide for girls. Only then can we effectively protect adolescent girls from violence, ensure that their needs are met and uphold their human rights.

Adolescent girls represent one of the greatest opportunities for rebuilding and transforming a post-disaster society. By carefully adapting humanitarian work in the first few weeks and months of an emergency, we lay a foundation for future generations.