10 ACTIONS HOW GIRLS TODAY CAN ENDPOVERTY TOMORROW
Give adlescent girlsan fcially recgnizedidenticatin
Ensure governments register all newborns andprovide birth certicates to enable access to healthservices and education. Furnish government-issuedidentication cards or all girls and boys over age 10to reduce economic and social exploitation and toprevent girls’ underage marriage.
Cllect data n adlescentgirls and disaggregate itby age
Track program beneciaries by age, gender, maritalstatus, location, amily income, and school enroll-ment status in all programs and sectors. Analyze thisinormation to assess whether programs are reach-ing adolescent girls—especially the most vulnerable.Regularly report results to increase accountability,share learnings, target solutions, demonstrate suc-cess, and catalyze more resources.
Increase funding fradlescent girls—and trackwhat it achieves
Increase bilateral development unding or genderequality by 20 percent as part o a comprehensiveeort to invest in adolescent girls. Mobilizeresources rom oundations and corporationsto address girls’ needs. Deploy experts on girlsand gender in-country to advise on program designand ensure resources reach girls. Press or specicinvestments or girls by integrating their interestsand needs in all major initiatives and by beginningsuch investments as early as 10 years old.
Epand pprtunities frgirls t attend secndaryschl
Provide schooling or all girls through lower secondaryschool, or to age 16, at a minimum, using subsidies,scholarships, and conditional cash transers to makeschool aordable or disadvantaged girls. Expandprimary school acilities to house secondary schoolclasses. Invest in non-ormal schooling options toreach the most vulnerable girls. Track enrollment,completion rates, and the percentage o girls at grade-or-age to measure progress.
Refcus HIV/AIDS preventinstrategies t fcus nadlescent girls
Implement prevention programs targeted to girlsto address the disproportionate inection rates ogirls to boys. Create a girl-specic ocus within theGlobal Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malariato innovate new approaches and advocate or agirl-specic ocus within country-level HIV plans andstrategies. Track HIV resources to ensure they reachand benet girls.
Re-rient health deliverysystems t wrk fradlescent girls
Provide adolescent girls with services that areaccessible, customized, condential, and nonjudg-mental. Oer check-ups or girls starting at age 10that screen or reproductive and sexual health riskssuch as domestic violence and unintended preg-nancy as well as or country-specic health issueslike malaria. Target at-risk pregnant girls to reducematernal mortality and conditions such as stula.
Ecnmically empweradlescent girls by buildingand prtecting their assets
Build marketable skills by enhancing the relevanceo educational curricula and developing ater-schooltutoring and mentoring programs. Develop intern-ships, apprenticeships, and training opportunities topromote girls’ transitions to sae and productive live-lihoods. Oer nancial education programs—bothormal and nonormal—or girls at age 10–14 to buildeconomic assets and nancial literacy early in lie.Work with micronance and banking institutions todesign services or girls, including savings accountsso girls can protect their assets.
Make the law wrk fradlescent girls
Press or the repeal o laws that legitimize discrimi-nation against girls and women in spheres such aslegal personhood, marriage and amily, propertyrights, and workplace and physical integrity. Workor laws and policies that prohibit gender-based dis-crimination, address violence and harmul practices,and ensure equality o access to health services,education, jobs and earnings, credit, and propertyownership. Recognize positive reorms taken bygovernments and use their actions to encouragesimilar steps in neighboring countries or regions.
Equip adlescent girls tadvcate fr themselves andtheir cmmunities
Educate girls on their rights. Train and equip girls toeducate leaders about their lives and to press or theenorcement o laws and policies that protect andenhance their rights. Engage girls in creating andexecuting programs and services that improve theirown lives and those o their amilies and communities.
Mbilize cmmunities,families, men, and bys tsupprt adlescent girls
Support religious and community leaders and headteachers to oster healthier, more supportive commu-nities where girls can create and execute theirown solutions. Engage men and boys as programco-beneciaries and as important agents o solutions.