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Girls in crisis

A girl in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Girls in crisis

How we’re supporting girls and young women growing up during conflict and crisis

For girls growing up in poverty, adolescence is rarely a time of opportunity. Instead, it’s when they see their worlds start to shrink, and experience the vulnerabilities they face as girls more acutely.

Increased domestic work, the risk of gender-based violence, child marriage, pregnancy and childbirth can all impact girls, keeping them away from school, limiting their life choices and preventing them achieving their potential.

This is especially true for the 500 million adolescent girls living in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian crises, whose environments make navigating these challenges immensely more difficult.

Girls and women’s voices are unheard during emergencies, leaving their experiences invisible and their needs overlooked

Girls in conflict are two and a half times more likely to be out of school than those in peaceful contexts

More than 500 girls & women diein emergency situations from complications due to pregnancy and childbirth every day

Adolescent girls on their way to school in Niger.

Adolescent Girls in Crisis: Voices from the Lake Chad Basin

The crisis affecting the Lake Chad Basin is one of the most severe humanitarian crises happening in the world. More than 2.2 million people have been displaced and levels of hunger and malnutrition are high.

Our report seeks to highlights the specific needs of adolescent girls living through this crisis, not only to understand the issues they face but also to bring their voices to a public platform, and highlight the role they can play in building peace and prosperity in the region.

Girls carry washing to the river in South Sudan
Girls carry washing to the river in South Sudan.

Growing up a girl in South Sudan

In the last five years, the conflict in South Sudan has displaced four million people and left seven million in need of humanitarian aid. Everyone has had their lives torn apart, especially adolescent girls.

Our report explores how girls understand and are responding to the unique impact the crisis has had on them. Its aim is to amplify their voices and perceptions of the conflict, and their views on how the humanitarian sector can support them most effectively.

Girls take part in a menstrual health management session run by Plan International
Rohingya girls take part in a menstrual health management session run by Plan International.

Experiences of Rohingya girls in Bangladesh

In 2017, violence broke out in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, forcing almost a million Rohingya people to flee their homes. Many are now living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Understanding girls' experiences in the camps can give the humanitarian sector a unique insight into how best to support them as they navigate the crisis. Our report explores the impact recent events have had on Rohingya girls, and how they’re responding to the challenges they're facing.

A family carry home their hygiene kit in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.
A family carry home their hygiene kit in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

How we respond to emergencies

Around the world, we’re helping children and communities living through disasters, conflict and crisis.

We provide essential relief when an emergency happens, including water, food, shelter and healthcare. We help children recover from trauma and protect them from abuse, providing areas where they can play and feel safe, as well as education opportunities and psychosocial support.

We also work with communities on long-term recovery, and help young people develop skills so they can prepare for and prevent future disasters.

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