Amman Jordan, 29 November 2017 – UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, launched the Strategy to Address the Needs of Syrian Adolescent Girls in Syria in the presence of representatives from United Nations agencies, international and local organizations, donors, partners and media. The Strategy to address the needs of adolescent girls in Syria aims to generate more knowledge on the needs of and differential impact on adolescent girls, improve access to both reproductive health and gender-based violence services as well as to engage the entire development and humanitarian community to consider the needs of adolescent girls.
―In the current context where in many parts of the country, the rights of women and girls are shrinking drastically, the vulnerability and risks of adolescent girls are increasing. The risks they face—including rape, abuse, early marriage, and abduction—are greater for adolescent girls compared to any other population groups. Adolescent girls (aged 10-19) are already at a comparative disadvantage before humanitarian crises and during and after the crises, but they are too often overlooked in humanitarian response and most programming is blind to the needs of adolescent girls.‖ said Karen Daduryan, UNFPA Deputy Regional Director, during the launch.
The strategy urges all humanitarian actors to accept their obligation to analyse the specific challenges adolescent girls face in emergencies, to provide them access to services, support, and safe spaces, and to lessen the factors that make them more vulnerable.
―Adolescent girls are incredibly resourceful and resilient. We need to see them, we need to include them, we need to make them visible, and we need to give them a voice‖ said Daniel B Baker, UNFPA Syria Regional Response Coordinator.
The launch comes within the context of the 16 days of activism to raise awareness of the global epidemic of violence against women and girls.
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