The ages of 10 – 19 are years of formative transition for young people. Navigating these challenges can be more difficult for over 500 million adolescent girls living in countries affected by conflict and displacement. Adolescent girls, married and unmarried, face multiple barriers in accessing sexual and reproductive health education and services. Many girls lack the information, knowledge, confidence, and agency to assert their preferences and needs; if and when they do, they face stigma when they try to access services.
Further, adolescence is often the time when the threat of violence heightens. Each year millions of girls are forced into early marriages - and in times of crisis this can be a negative coping strategy - leading to unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted infections, and high-risk childbirths. Adolescence is a critical time to act - sexual and reproductive health services must reach adolescent girls and be tailored to their needs.
We’re seeking ideas that are focused on both boys and girls, married and unmarried and/or very young adolescents, especially from youth-led and youth-centered organizations.