Adolescent Girls – Cornerstone of Society
Building Evidence and Policies for Inclusive Societies
The conference was organsied in New York, April 26-28, 2010
The aim of the conference was to inform thinking and practices around key issues and trends related to adolescent girls.
Recent years have seen a growing interest in the topic of adolescent girls as a strategic group in addressing poverty alleviation and gender equality. While the experiences gained through years of programmes in promoting protective environments in schools, working to eliminate harmful traditional practices, and addressing sexual abuse has provided a growing evidence base, there has not yet been sufficient empirical evidence or knowledge generated to drive effective and innovative policies. The 5th International Conference organized by the Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School and UNICEF reviewed current global trends and ideas regarding adolescent girls, explored ways to fill the knowledge gaps and showcase lessons learned and good practices for effective and strategic policymaking.The conference brought together 400 scholars, researchers, and practitioners from more than 30 countries around the world, whose common goal is raising awareness for equality and empowerment of adolescent girls. The three-day event,on The New School campus in Greenwich Village, raised hopes for the outcomes of strengthened partnerships and joint action toward social transformation. The conference emphasized improving the lives of adolescent girls and creating opportunities for them to fully participate as equal members of society.