Marginalised girls and young women are battling compound effects of multiple forms of inequality. They are the bottom of every social hierarchy and are least visible and least heard.
We embrace a view of adolescent girl as anyone age 10-19 who identifies as a girl; and anyone from 20-24 who identifies as a young woman, recognising that definitions may not capture both the fluid nature and complexities of gender identity especially for many young people in myriad settings.
We recognise that transformative change in the lives of girls must involve her ecosystem – her family, her community and the institutions with which she interacts (educational, economic, health, etc).
We believe that the significant physical, emotional, social and cognitive changes that occur in adolescence, combined with changing expectations or norms based on age, call for age-differentiated programming. For example, a program focusing on 12 year-olds must be designed and implemented differently than one for 20 year-olds.
We see girlhood as dynamic – girls need both the opportunity to exercise their power and to be safe from harm. Rather than a tension to be resolved, this is a place of practice, action, and reflection. We aim to work with partners with a nuanced way of thinking about girls and young women and what they need - of their right to be held, to heal, to play and to lead.
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