In Asia and the Pacific, there are 717 million young people aged 15 to 24, comprising 60% of the world’s youth. In Bangladesh, climate change has been linked to an increase in the number of girls forced into child marriage or prostitution in cities, often by desperate parents that have no other means to provide for their families. Bangladesh already has one of highest rates of child marriage in the world at 52% (UNICEF, 2015).
The poorest adolescent girls living in the poorest communities, numbering more than 200 million living in households in the bottom two-wealth quintiles, are at special risk of being deleteriously affected by climate change. Girls and women frequently have to walk for up to two hours, twice a day, to find safe water, consuming huge amounts of energy and time, and exposing them to the threat of sexual violence and abuse. How can we better involve adolescent girls into development program?