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The most striking thing about post-conflict and post-disaster environments is that what lurks there is also this extraordinary opportunity,” said Judith Bruce, a senior associate and policy analyst with the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth program.

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In the wake of the 2010 earthquake, adolescent girls in Haiti became increasingly responsible for caring for their younger siblings and for earning an income.

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The Coalition for Adoles cent Girls was initiated in 2005 by the United Nations Foundation and the Nike Foundation, and has been joined by more than 30 leading international organizations, to bring fresh perspectives, diverse resources and concrete solutions to the challenges faci ng adolescent g

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When Didi Bertrand Farmer returned to Haiti, she was unprepared for what she saw in the tent cities: an increase in sexual violence; mothers forced to leave their vulnerable daughters; young girls, pregnant as a result of rape.

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While the global outpouring of help and funds for Haiti’s earthquake survivors has been historic—one in of five Americans apparently responded—adolescent girls have been overlooked in relief efforts.

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