Our 80-year history has shown us that worldwide, no one bears the brunt of discrimination more than adolescent girls. Girls everywhere encounter barriers to accessing their rights and face challenges as a result of gender inequality, social norms, and power relations.
We work to ensure gender equality is included in all our work by challenging the causes of gender inequality. We also ensure girls are empowered and supported to access their rights free from the threat of violence.
Our work on ending violence against women and girls includes preventing and responding to child marriage, school-related violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). This is a key part of our broader work to ensure aid is gender transformative and challenges the inequalities girls face globally.
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.
Report on how improving the data we have on girls can support our quest for gender equality
Our 10 point plan for empowering adolescent girls' to create lasting change in their lives around them.
Our briefing paper highlighting poverty, discrimination, gender-based violence and family pressures as drivers that push women and girls into becoming vulnerable to exploitation.
Our case for action to eradicate forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking.
This report explores the perfect storm of discrimination faced by girls with disabilities, which leaves many of them totally unaware of their rights.
Joint briefing paper from IRC and Plan International UK focusing on adolescent girls in emergencies