8.2 Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG)

The Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG) (www.coalitionforadolescentgirls.org) drives new and improves existing programming, policies, and investments that promote the rights and opportunities of adolescent girls. The Coalition envisions a world where adolescent girls are able to fully realize their rights, navigate challenges, and access opportunities during the transition from childhood to adulthood and beyond.

The Coalition seeks to ensure that adolescent girls can:

  • Minimize their vulnerability to HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections, violence, exploitation, and abuse
  • Obtain a quality education at the primary and secondary levels
  • Access safe, affordable, and comprehensive girl-friendly health services
  • Build and protect their economic assets and opportunities
  • Advocate for themselves and their communities
  • Count on and be counted by their communities, families, men, and boys as allies
  • Participate in decision-making processes that affect their lives, communities, and nations
  • Decide if, when, and whom they marry and if, when, and how many children to have
  • Understand and obtain legal rights

Through its quarterly meetings and regularly-held Effective Practices and Advocacy Working Group sessions, the Coalition provides a unique platform for organizations to:

  • Share information, tools, and resources
  • Discover points of intersection and opportunities for collaboration
  • Build technical capacity and strategize on best practices
  • Raise a collective call to action to influence key decision-makers for girls around the world