Adolescent girls in West and Central Africa

Data brief



West and Central Africa is on the cusp of a population shift that has the potential to transform the region. In 2019, adolescents—persons aged 10-19—constituted 23 per cent of the population in West and Central Africa—the highest proportion of any region in the world alongside Eastern and Southern Africa. According to projections, this population will further grow by 32 per cent between 2019 and 2030, from 124 million to 164 million.

This means that the proportion of the population that is of working age and able to contribute to economic productivity will be larger than ever. Gender equality will be key for countries in West and Central Africa to realize the benefits. Today’s adolescent girls therefore must be equipped to realize their potential and fully participate in political, economic, and social life.

UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office
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