Authors: Eyleen, Sarah Alheiwidi and Eglė Janušonytė
Tackling the drivers and outcomes of child marriage requires the voices of young activists and researchers as we are able to bring a fresh perspective to understanding the pressures that adolescent girls face in our communities and contribute ideas about solutions that will resonate in our specific contexts. In this commentary, we bring together the voices and experiences of three young women activists and researchers from three additional regions—Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
We highlight the unique perspective of an 18-year-old advocating for child marriage prevention laws in Guatemala, a 24-year-old building child marriage prevention into medical training and health care in Lithuania and beyond, and a 23-year-old pioneering participatory research approaches to strengthen data and evidence-informed programming for married girls in her Syrian refugee community in Jordan.
Suggested Citation: Eyleen, Alheiwidi, S., Janušonytė, E. (2021) ‘Young Leaders’ Experiences and Recommendations to Strategically Tackle Child, Early, and Forced Marriage,’ Journal of Adolescent Health 69(6): S11–12 (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.07.031)
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On 23 November 2021, AGIP hosted the webinar ‘Where are we on the adolescent agenda? Taking a deep dive into Covid-19 evidence and SDG data gaps’ to launch two recent AGIP and partner published reports:
Watch the recording here to find out more about their methodology, report findings, and implications for research and policy.
You can view the slide deck here.
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This report by GAGE, on behalf of AGIP, investigates what we know about adolescent and youth well-being based on available SDG indicator data, and the extent to which data are usefully disaggregated and reported. The report answers three overarching questions:
- What is the state of adolescent and youth progress in key SDGs?
- What is the extent of SDG data disaggregation?
- Call to action: What are the priority recommendations to be implemented during the Decade of Action leading up to 2030?
With the COVID-19 crisis continuing to evolve, evidence on the effectiveness of short-term emergency-oriented responses and long-term mitigation strategies is expanding but still limited. There are, and will continue to be, substantial evidence gaps on programming to address risk across outcomes of importance to adolescent girls.
More evidence is needed to slow the risks posed by the pandemic for this sub-population, which can help guide gender- and age-responsive prevention and impact mitigation investments. Evidence from approaches delivered in other unstable contexts may offer important lessons for decision-making in the current context. Recognizing this, Population Council conducted a structured review (under the auspices of the AGIP) of existing evidence collected prior to the pandemic, across low- and middle-income country contexts.
AGIP is proud to work in partnership to achieve our commitment to amplify and support adolescent girls’ leadership in the ongoing Generation Equality process.
The Adolescent Girls Investment Plan (AGIP) is a global, intergenerational coalition working to affect change for adolescent girls by closing the persistent gap between resources, evidence, and commitments for adolescent girls.
Building on the recommendations in the Young Feminist Manifesto, AGIP will amplify and support adolescent girls’ leadership and the community-driven organizations central to their participation in the GEF process and ACs, support the Adolescent Girls Advisory Body and Youth Task Force to ensure that these spaces are girl and adolescent friendly and gender-inclusive, build the capacity of adolescent girls to develop and use evidence and best practice to inform their advocacy and support adolescent girls so they are centered in GEF accountability mechanisms and have meaningful engagement and co-leadership. Where gaps exist in processes, AGIP will create, resource, and advocate for meaningful participation, leadership, and decision making.