Equality for Women and Girls

Tackling the Taboo: Taking a Gender-Transformative Approach to Realizing Adolescent Girls’ Rights

Control and regulation of sexuality – in particular adolescent girls’ sexuality – is a critical and often unaddressed manifestation of gender inequality that exists across different cultural contexts and communities around the world.

In response to the limited discussion of sexuality in the global discourse on child, early and forced marriage and unions (CEFMU), 41 local, national and global program implementers, government representatives, philanthropic foundations, researchers and policy advocates in the field of adolescent development and sexuality gathered in New York in March 2016 to discuss the control of adolescent girls’ sexuality in the context of CEFMU. One of the objectives of this meeting was to develop recommendations for addressing sexuality within the context of CEFMU, including to fill programmatic, research and advocacy gaps. See the full report here.

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