Strong Girls, Powerful Women: Program Planning and Design for Adolescent Girls in Humanitarian Settings
In most countries, adolescent girls face disadvantages compared to their male peers in family roles, divisions of labor, and access to resources because they are female and young. Even before conflicts erupt or natural disasters occur, adolescent girls’ transition from childhood to adulthood is shaped by rigid expectations that have negative implications for their access to health services, schooling, and other life-shaping opportunities. In conflict and displacement settings, the institutions, systems, and community cohesion that normally support girls’ development, protect them from violence, and uphold their human rights are weakened or destroyed. Family and community structures break down, while traditional and social norms disintegrate, affecting adolescent girls in unique and devastating ways.
This report synthesizes the findings from:
-Desk research and key informant interviews
-In-country assessments from refugee camps in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda
-Learning to date from pilot programs in three refugee camps in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda