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Emerging Evidence on ‘Invisible’ Adolescent Girls: Tackling Exploitation and Promoting Resilience so as to Leave No One Behind

15 Mar
10:00-11:30 GMT
UK Mission to the UN, New York, US

The invite-only event presented emerging evidence from LMICs about adolescent girls’ and boys’ experiences and perspectives, exploring their vulnerability to different forms of exploitation, and offering research insights into pathways to resilience and wellbeing. The discussion on new knowledge also helped inform a discussion about evidence priorities to inform the design of public policies and programmes to eliminate child labour, forced labour and other forms of exploitation of adolescent girls and boys.


  • What is known about the vulnerabilities of rural adolescent girls’ (very young (10-12 years), mid (13-15 years) and older (16-19 years)) vulnerability to exploitation in Africa, Asia and the Middle East? In terms of household-based care, domestic and agriculture work; in the context of child, early and forced marriage, and in the context of migration?
  • How do these vulnerabilities differ from those of their male peers?
  • What sorts of policy and programmatic interventions can best prevent and respond to such exploitation?
  • What do we know about promising practices in LMICs?


  • Rt Hon. Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
  • H.E. Demitu Hambisa, Minister for Women and Children’s Affairs, The Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Mr. Cornelius Williams, Associate Director and Global Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF
  • Prof. Furio Camillo Rosati, Director, Understanding Children’s Work Programme, International Labour Organisation
  • Dr.    Nicola   Jones, GAGE Director & Principal Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
  • Chair: Ms. Rebecca Terzeon, Head of DFID’s Gender Equality Team, The Department for International Development (DFID)

You can find the policy note on adolescent exploitation that was launched here.