Adolescent Girls

India has 120 million adolescent girls, accounting for nearly 10% of its population. Despite their numbers, girls in India are a largely invisible population. Prevailing socio-cultural customs and norms leave them powerless to decide and build their future. Within this context, Dasra is working towards creating an environment in which girls are safe, seen and celebrated, creating a catalytic change leading to healthier and more prosperous families, communities and societies.


Causes

Learn about causes that deserve urgent attention in India and leading social organizations spearheading transformation on the ground.
  • Nourishing Adolescent Girls

    After the first year, girls grow fastest in the 10-12 age group. Adolescence offers a key window of opportunity to both, make up for childhood...

  • Keeping Girls in Secondary Schools

    In 2010, India had the third highest number of out of school girls in the world. Investing in girls' education and empowering them to be...

  • Leveraging technology to improve maternal, newborn and child health

    In India, 22% of girls have given birth by age 18. Those under 15 are 5x as likely to die during child birth than women in their early 20s. With a...

  • Ending Child Marriage

    At the current rate, 28 million girls born between 2005 and 2010 will become child brides by 2030. This can be changed and Dasra’s report, Marry Me...

  • Confronting Domestic Violence

    A survey by ICRW in India found that girls married before age 18 – 47% of girls in India – were thrice as likely to be forced into sex and twice as...

  • Improving Sanitation and Hygiene for Adolescent Girls

    Poor access to sanitation and hygiene facilities makes adolescent girls more vulnerable to the risk of sexual harassment and rape, undermining...

  • Improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene

    75% of adolescent girls suffer from infections and health disorders during menstruation. Menstruation is the second major reason, after household...

  • Empowering Adolescent Girls

    Despite having the largest population of adolescent girls in the world, biased behaviours and mindsets about adolescent girls are fairly universal...

  • Leveraging Sport for Development

    Global evidence reveals that participation in sport has the potential to prevent disease, increase school attendance, improve learning levels,...


Insights

Gain perspective on emerging discussions shaping the development landscape in India.
  • Enhancing School Sanitation

    A lack of toilets in India’s public spaces, especially in schools, is disproportionately impacting the lives of adolescent girls – negatively...

  • Impact At Scale

    India is home to the largest number of illiterate women in the world (over 200 million), and over 3.7 million girls out of school. Estimates show...

  • Engaging Men and Boys in Women's Development

    As of 2014, on an average, 92 women were raped every day in India. Rigid gender norms and stereotypes reinforced over generations in a largely...