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Adolescence is a time of vast transformation. It is a time of rapid physical, social and emotional change. It can be empowering and exciting, but it is also a time when inequality is intensified.

During adolescence, dominant gender norms which undermine and devalue girls are formed and the power imbalance between girls and boys is defined. This often results in oppression, discrimination, and violence against girls.

Girls are often denied equal opportunities, including education and participation in social activities. They are expected to be domestic and look after the house and the family, which interrupts schooling and impairs important social friendships.

Adolescence is a unique time and critical for forming and enacting values and social norms. We must recognise that adolescent girls are a distinct group that require distinct support - not just for them, but also for future generations.