Child & Youth Finance International (CYFI)'s Second CYFI Network Brief
While women’s economic empowerment has recently been given a higher priority in development agendas around the world, a significant number of countries still experience considerable gender disparities, especially in access to education and economic opportunities for women and girls. National strategies have not always reflected the importance of specifically investing in adolescent girls as an essential target group.
Restrictions on access to social and financial resources are more limited for girls than boys, particularly in adolescence which is a crucial stage in a child’s social, physical, and emotional development. This publication demonstrates how policy and program interventions can address the financial and social needs of girls during this critical life stage of life to prevent any future conditions of vulnerability. With the appropriate tools and incentives girls can stay healthy and safe and create better futures for themselves and their families.
Citing specific examples from leading civil society organizations serving adolescent girls, this publication makes a strong case for holistic financial inclusion and educational programming that builds self-confidence and economic well-being for girls from an early age.
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Why Girls Matter? Integrated Programs for the Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls
With the appropriate tools and incentives girls can stay safe and create better futures for themselves and their families. This second CYFI Industry Note provides an overview of the existing evidence on adolescent girls and economic empowerment, outcomes of adolescent girl interventions as well as a set of policy recommendations for the successful implementation of such interventions.