We strengthen grassroots programs and advance global policies that ensure adolescent girls get the information, services, skills, and support they need to protect their health and human rights. We believe that girls must be able to control their lives and bodies in order to live up to their full potential.
As world leaders prepare to set the agenda for global development, we are bringing the voices of girls into the highest halls of power. Governments must prioritize the needs of girls if we hope to achieve lasting change.
Bringing together the thinking of 508 girls living in poverty across the globe with the expertise of more than 25 of the world's leading development organizations, the Girl Declaration is our tool to stop poverty before it starts.
In Nigeria, adolescent girls are disproportionately vulnerable to HIV, unwanted pregnancies, and trafficking. Girls' Power Initiative is helping girls build their self-esteem by providing them with the strategies and life skills they need to negotiate their adolescent years in good health.
GPI girls are Nigeria's next generation of leaders, committed to promoting social justice and gender equality.
Reaching youth with sexual and reproductive health services is more than just handing out condoms.
Enhancing access to sexual and reproductive health services for youth is not enough. We must also remove barriers to these services.
Nearly 30 percent of young women experience sexual or intimate partner violence before they are 24. Three kinds of programs hold promise for stopping violence before it starts.
Twenty years ago, countries agreed that providing comprehensive sexuality education was critical to the well-being and development of adolescents. But progress on this commitment is far from fulfilled.