This report on Girls in Crisis is the fourth in a series commissioned by Plan International and the only one to focus on adolescent girls who are refugees in a city. The urban environment brings particular challenges, especially in the context of Lebanon which hosts the largest number of refugees per capita in the world, including a recent influx of 1.5 million fleeing the conflict in Syria.
Within these urban refugee communities, and elsewhere, the unique impact of crisis on adolescent girls is often overlooked. This report, drawing on research carried out in three different research sites in Beirut and its suburbs explores the experiences of adolescent girls. It seeks to amplify their voices and perceptions of their lives and communities, and presents their views on how the humanitarian sector might respond to the challenges they face.
This research is an in-depth and ambitious look at female leadership: close to 10,000 girls and young women shared their ideas and experiences.
Three-quarters of them told us they aspire to be leaders. But we know that only 24% of parliamentarians worldwide and only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs are women.
What does it take for girls to become leaders, to take control of their lives and their futures: at home, at work and in their communities and countries?
In many countries, the data we need on girls and women doesn’t exist yet, or is imcomplete. For example, we don’t know the number of girls who leave school due to different reasons. We can’t close the gender gap without first closing the data gap. We are creating an independent data tracker with different partners. The tracker will measure progress for girls and women and help ensure governments deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals’ promises of equlity by 2030.
The vision is simple: a world in which improved gender data inform the decisions and investments that can transform the lives of girls and women by 2030.
Throughout, we will raise our woices on issues that matter and amplify the voices of girls and women – presenting ‘data with a soul’ by revealing first-hand insights into the barriers girls and women face and their experiences with overcoming these barriers.