There are currently an estimated 600 million girls in the world between the ages of 10 and 19. The vast majority of these girls – around 90 percent – live in low- and middle-income countries and are often at a disadvantage both because of their age and their gender. Adolescence is the stage of life when gender norms and stereotypes firmly take hold. Adolescent girls, in particular, face intense pressure to conform to gendered expectations about their role in life, which often limits their aspirations and opportunities. Working towards gender equality is essential for adolescent girls to achieve their full potential and to grow into healthy and contributing members of their communities.
Positive Youth Development emphasizes the importance of young people having the knowledge and skills they need, the opportunity to harness those skills and a supportive environment in order to thrive as adults. Understanding why girls face the disadvantages they do and how to best address and overcome them is critical to ensuring a better future for all.
Join ICRW to discuss research and programming for girls that is geared toward fostering education, health, rights and the challenges yet remaining. Utilize the following hashtag for the event: #ICRWInsights.