As soon as possible, humanitarian staff can take steps to counteract the disadvantages that specifically challenge adolescent girls. Humanitarians can reduce these compounded vulnerabilities and mitigate their risks by facilitating access to existing programs and services (mainstreaming) and by implementing tailored programming.
An essential foundation for humanitarian response is a deep understanding of the diversity of all adolescents who live in a community – also known as a collective age-vulnerability-capacity profile. This nuanced overview identifies the group’s characteristics, strengths, and vulnerabilities. It also makes visible the most vulnerable subgroups — such as adolescent girls who are heads of households, pregnant, parenting, married, out of school, unaccompanied, or who have disabilities.
Within a defined crisis-affected community, humanitarian operations should (and can):
- Map existing resources and services;
- Identify the collective age-vulnerability-capacity profile for adolescent girls in a given community;
- Incorporate input from the most vulnerable girls;
- Engage family members, humanitarian partners, and key stakeholders;
- Tailor response to the vulnerabilities, needs, capacities, and insights of adolescent girls
With this information, humanitarians can link girls to life-saving services and mainstream their safety, health, and resilience. These steps also build support to uphold their rights within their families and the community.
WRC has supported multiple actors in more than nine crisis-affected communities to more proactively identify adolescent girls and to design tailored responses. Click here to learn more about WRC’s “I’m Here Approach” ― an operational guide for humanitarian actors to reach the most vulnerable adolescent girls, and to be accountable for their safety, health, and well-being from the start of a response to crisis.