Gender data can have transformative power for adolescent girl advocacy, policy, and programs.
There is growing evidence that adolescence is a period where inequalities between girls and boys widen. For the roughly 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty worldwide, the onset of adolescence often comes with increased restrictions on mobility; fewer economic and educational opportunities; and greater risk of violence.
Without gender data, the global development community cannot make informed and evidence-based decisions on interventions to reach this population.
This knowledge brief lays out key stakeholders and instruments for data on adolescent girls, as well as important issues for consideration related to data collection, analysis, and use.