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In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters

In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters

Plan International
2013

Report findings show that when disaster strikes, girls are discriminated against when they are at their most vulnerable. Adolescent girls have particular needs for protection, healthcare, and education that are largely overlooked by governments and the humanitarian community. In this report, Plan International looks at what happens to adolescent girls in disasters and why.

 

In Double Jeopardy uses original research and interviews with girls, including survivors of disasters in the Philippines, to show how adolescent girls’ rights are being ignored before, during, and after disasters in the urgency of a disaster response and in the gaps between humanitarian and development work. The results show that listening to what adolescent girls have to say, ensuring that their rights and their needs are catered for, and strengthening their resilience are key missing pieces of current humanitarian work. Donors, governments, decision-makers, and the humanitarian community must start listening to what girls have to say in order to understand their different needs in emergencies, and to empower them to play a role in planning and preparing for, and enduring disasters.