Listen, engage and empower A strategy to address the needs of adolescents girls in the WoS
The 2017 Syria Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) identified adolescent girls—defined as girls aged 10-19 –as a particularly vulnerable group to sexual violence and to child marriage leading to early pregnancy. Based on these findings and consultations held by the Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Area of Responsibility (AoR) and the Reproductive Health (RH) working groups of the Whole of Syria (WoS), the need for a strategic framework that would address the specific needs of adolescent girls in Syria focusing on RH and GBV was identified.
This strategy intends to strengthen and expand upon existing programming for adolescent girls in Syria, through the cross-border programming managed from Gaziantep, Turkey and from Jordan and those managed from Damascus, Syria. It is based upon the findings of a review of literature on adolescent girls in emergencies and the findings from a series of consultations with humanitarian actors working on existing programming in protection, GBV, and RH, including some programmes with adolescents, in Syria, in the region, and globally. It presents the four primary objectives that form the pillars of this strategy to better respond to the needs of adolescent girls inside Syria, with the justification for the focus and a list of activities.