The Coalition for Adolescent Girls

Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda

By Ruth Levine, Center for Global Development, Cynthia B. Lloyd, Population Council, Margaret Greene, International Center for Research on Women, Caren Grown, American University

Girls Count provides some of the first critical research specifically focused on adolescent girls in the developing world. It demonstrates how providing support to girls age
10-18 dramatically improves their lives–and also results in significant benefits for society as a whole.

Going one step further, this report also includes strategic, concrete action items for policymakers, donors, development professionals, and the private sector to effectively implement change.

Now in its second printing, Girls Count has helped launch a series of comprehensive reports covering a wide range of issues that affect adolescent girls.

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Girls on the Move

For the Big Picture: Take Action
    1. Give adolescent girls an officially recognized identification.

    2. Collect data on adolescent girls and disaggregate it by age and gender to assess whether programs are reaching adolescent girls.

    3. Increase funding for adolescent girls - and track what it achieves.

    4. Expand opportunities for girls to attend secondary school.

    5. Re-focus HIV/AIDS prevention strategies to focus on adolescent girls.

    6. Re-orient health delivery systems to work for adolescent girls.

    7. Economically empower adolescent girls by building and protecting their assets.

    8. Make the law work for adolescent girls.

    9. Equip adolescent girls to advocate for themselves and their communities.

    10.Mobilize communities, families, men and boys to support adolescent girls.

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