Girl-driven change: Meeting the needs of adolesent girls during COVID-19 and beyond

As a result of the circumstances brought on by COVID-19, adolescent girls face myriad risks — ranging from an increased likelihood of exposure to violence and early marriage, to learning, health and economic losses. This report draws upon available country data from CARE’s work as well as external sources in order to highlight the initial impact of the pandemic on the health, well-being and safety of adolescent girls as well as their access to, and involvement in, essential services. The report also provides examples of program innovations developed during the pandemic to profile the ways in which CARE’s work has been contextualized to address the unique needs of adolescent girls across sectors.

The report seeks to amplify the perspectives of girls and highlight ways in which their voice, leadership and participation have been — and continue to be — crucial to both short-and-long-term response and recovery efforts. The report provides recommendations for ways in which donors, practitioners, and other stakeholders can better identify and respond to the needs of girls in the midst of the crisis, with holistic, rights-based, and adolescent-centered initiatives.

  • Countries: Global
  • Published: October 2020

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