Adolescents (10 to 19 years) make up around 21 per cent of the population of Bangladesh. Typically, adolescence is not recognised as a transitional, formative phase of life, but rather is considered as a dramatic shift from childhood to adulthood that takes place at the onset of puberty.
The situation of adolescent girls in Bangladesh mirrors that of adult women. It is characterised by inequality and subordination within the family and society. Adolescent boys face other challenges, including poor nutrition, injury, child labour, violence, exploitation, and abuse.