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Spring 5-2015


Many adolescent girls—the poorest girls in the poorest communities—already live in an “emergency.” Humanitarian crises only amplify the call on their coping and caring capacities, while exacerbating their vulnerabilities. The frequency and intensity of emergencies, including natural disasters, conflicts, and infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola, appear to be growing.1 These emergencies threaten entire communities and whole countries, often with global implications. Many become virtually permanent. The authors urge key actors responding to both the threats and opportunities that climate change poses to understand adolescent girls as exceptionally at risk on the one hand, and as exceptionally resilient and underengaged on the other. As a global community, we should be investing now in adolescent girls and centrally anchoring them in climate adaptation strategies. It may be one of the places where we can have the greatest effect on the future.


This article was first published in Annals of Global Health, available at

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