Adolescent Girls' Access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Data Snapshot and Recommendations for Gender-Responsive Climate Action

Afghanistan. A girl washes her hands at a UNICEF-supported school in Herat.


This action brief consolidates data on adolescent girls’ access to water, sanitation and hygiene drawing on WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) global databases for the period 2000-2022.

While gender analyses tend to group adolescent girls with adult women, this action brief spotlights WASH data on adolescent girls to better understand their needs vis-à-vis climate change. The brief also outlines key considerations for making climate-related financing, policy and programming responsive to adolescent girls. As global temperatures break barriers and exacerbate heatwaves, climate action will increasingly threaten adolescent girls’ safety, learning and development.

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