The trafficking of girls and young women
Evidence for prevention and assistance
Women and girls account for 71 per cent of the identified victims of human trafficking globally. They are often forced to make impossible choices for their mere survival. Conflict and humanitarian crises are contributing factors.
Our report, written with the International Organization for Migration and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, describes the trafficking routes of girls and young women aged 0 to 24 years old from Nigeria, Nepal and Uganda. It provides a snapshot of their lived realities to help inform efforts to address human trafficking through gender-and-age-sensitive approaches.
Left out, left behind
Adolescent girls’ secondary education in crises
Receiving 12 years of quality education is critical for adolescent girls and boys. However, humanitarian crises are placing this in jeopardy.
While some progress has been made to improve girls’ and boys’ access to education during humanitarian crises, staggering gaps remain. Our report reveals alarming new data on adolescent girls’ education in crisis-affected countries, for secondary education in particular. Put simply, adolescent girls are being left behind.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Latest policy blogs
Why decision makers must listen to adolescent girls – and act.
A guest blog from Katrina Lee-Koo and Hannah Jay, from Monash University.
Our second guest blog from Katrina Lee-Koo and Hannah Jay, from Monash University.
Find out more about the progress of the new Education Cannot Wait fund