Girls power and potential

A Joint Programming Framework for Fulfilling the Rights of Marginalized Adolescent Girls

No. of pages: 5

Publication date: 2010

Author: United Nations Adolescent Girls Task Force (ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNIFEM, WHO)

Publisher: United Nations Adolescent Girls Task Force

This information brief provides an overview of a UN joint programming framework for marginalized adolescent girls. The Task Force supports collaboration at country level—with government ministries, NGOs and women’s and girls’ networks—to identify marginalized adolescent girls in selected communities and to implement programmes aimed at ending their marginalization and enabling adolescent girls to claim their full rights and access to social services, particularly education, health care, employment and human development.

Marginalized adolescent girls have been consistently left out or overlooked in youth programmes over the years. They are adolescent girls who are isolated in their communities, voiceless and 'invisible', lacking access to education, health care, jobs and skills development. With the right opportunities and skills-building, these adolescent girls could hold the key to breaking the inter-generational cycle of poverty in the world.