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|A community-based nutrition project centre of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC)|
To create opportunities for adolescent girls to participate in empowering social and economic processes, while building their capacities to make informed choices in matters that relate to their own lives.
To create an enabling environment for adolescent girls' empowerment at the family, community and national levels.
Increased visibility and acceptance of adolescent girls outside household sphere.
Adolescents today constitute more than a fifth of the population of Bangladesh, with 13.7 million girls and 14 million boys in the 10-19 year age-group. While data on this group is scattered and patchy, a recent review undertaken by UNICEF Bangladesh highlights some disturbing facts about the situation of adolescent girls.
At another level, the Project Office links with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs/Department of Women Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh to carry out activities in the same communities that have Kishori Sanghas. In particular, it will carry out various sensitisation and training activities with elected members of local government, parents and adolescent boys to help create a more supportive environment for adolescent girls. At this level, Kishori Sanghas will also be provided with platforms for effective implementation of other national programmes, policies, and services for adolescents.
With UNICEF's added support to these pre-existing structures and support to the Government for the community and national level activities, it is expected that a more enabling environment will be created for adolescent girls who have become socially and economically empowered.