Reaching adolescent girls in humanitarian settings

by Women's Refugee Commission, Inc.
Reaching adolescent girls in humanitarian settings


Our goal is to strengthen adolescent girls' access to comprehensive quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services in emergencies. WRC will review existing tools, approaches, and projects pertaining to adolescent SRH, and will engage with adolescent girls to understand their needs and priorities. This research will enable us to formulate evidence-based program approaches and recommendations for policy-makers and humanitarian practitioners.

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Adolescent girls are uniquely disadvantaged during humanitarian crises, protracted displacement and the aftermath of such emergencies. Not only do emergencies increase the risk of gender based violence (GBV) for adolescent girls; they also increase their health risks, diminish their educational opportunities, and expose them to other rights violations. In most humanitarian settings, the SRH needs of adolescent girls are largely left unmet.


The research project will contribute to the knowledge and programming in the fields of adolescent SRH, protection, GBV, and humanitarian response. By understanding the experiences of adolescent girls themselves, we will be better equipped to respond and provide access to the information and services that are most needed. We will also engage with families and communities to create an enabling environment for the provision of SRH information and services to adolescent girls. Findings will be widel

Long-Term Impact

Technologies and tools will be developed to reach adolescent girls with SRH information and services, to be used in emergency settings globally. This will enable practitioners and policy makers to reconstruct efforts to advance the rights of adolescent girls through empowering and informative services that meet their SRH needs.



Organization Information

Women's Refugee Commission, Inc.

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Twitter: @wrcommission
Project Leader:
Ashley McGuire
Senior Development Officer, Individual Giving & Events
New York, NY United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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