Programming for girls must not only identify an inclusive physical space where girls can safely meet with peers and mentors, but it must also deliver interventions tailored to the age-vulnerability-capacity profiles of the girls. Informed by their input, these should focus on building assets: Social, Human/Health, Economic and Physical.
As soon as possible after an emergency, humanitarian actors should design and implement targeted, asset-building programs for adolescent girls that reduce their unique vulnerabilities, support their health, promote their development, and strengthen their resilience to future shocks.
An integrated, holistic approach to humanitarian programming for girls cannot ignore the influential persons in their lives or their communities, nor can humanitarian action disregard the national institutions or laws that impact their trajectories and opportunities.
Building Protective Assets | A Research Snapshot
Program learning from three humanitarian settings.
Results from formative research in three countries.
A review of programs and theory of change.
A case study and webinar on pilot work in South Sudan.
Promoting an Enabling Environment | A Research Snapshot
Mobilizes international action to end gender discrimination in nationality laws.
A four-country assessment.
A multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to transform the way GBV is addressed in emergencies
The lost boys and girls of Central America.
Social connections, including networks, group membership, and relationships with peers and mentors.
HUMAN / HEALTH
Knowledge, skills, access, and experiences related to health, education, and well-being.
Financial literacy, savings, and income.
Infrastructure, tools, shelter, and technology.
Mothers and sisters, fathers and brothers, and other family members. Humanitarians should partner with them.
The influential persons who often exert authority over local resources, livelihood opportunities, and social norms. We can engage them.
INSTITUTIONS & POLICIES
The entities, systems, and structures responsible for supporting girls before, during, and after a crisis. They must be strengthened and improved.
The national and international frameworks that establish the rights of girls. We need to uphold and advocate for them.