Protecting Girls
in Emergencies

Conflict, displacement and fragility have a disproportionate impact on adolescent girls as cultural norms, the intersecting issues of age and all the dimensions of pervasive gender inequality and other forms of discrimination are amplified and exacerbated. However, if girls are listened to and their needs are met, they can go on to play a critical role before, during and after emergencies.

Humanitarian emergencies bring new and renewed risks and dangers that are greater for adolescent girls compared to other population groups; abuse, early marriage, early pregnancy, abduction and isolation.

Research into adolescent girls in emergencies suggest that emergency responses do not account for the unique risks faced, and how their routines, roles and assets shape their abilities to safely access vital resources.

Adolescent girls can be rendered invisible, forced to take on roles and responsibilities that restrict their mobility and visibility; yet girls that are able to gather together in safe spaces can provide a strong and cohesive social network, essential in times of crises.

Girls that are able to access education during times of crisis are less likely to be at risk of child marriage, trafficking and gender based violence.

Girls are transformative agents, playing a role in educating their families and communities of the risks of climate change and leading risk reduction and adaptation activities.

How do we unlock the potential of girls and young women to transform their nation’s economies?

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