Missing the Emergency: Shifting the Paradigm for Relief to Adolescent Girls

Missing the Emergency: Shifting the Paradigm for Relief to Adolescent Girls

 

(The Coalition for Adolescent Girls)

During emergencies, adolescent girls face heightened risk of personal safety violations and human rights abuses. They may forego meals, engage in unsafe livelihoods, assume disproportionate levels of domestic burden, or marry early to relieve their families’ financial responsibilities. Although they are integral to their families’ survival and face harsh realities, humanitarian response – as currently designed – typically neglects them as a population. A paradigm shift is critical to ensure that emergency response does not have adverse consequences to their emotional, physical, or psychosocial development.

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls convened a two-part consultation in July and November 2011, in which experts in humanitarian response, child protection, and gender issues collectively articulated the urgent need for new humanitarian strategies around adolescent girls.

The full report is available here

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