Adolescent girls and young women

16 October 2014

Worldwide, there are approximately 880 million adolescent girls and young women aged 15–24 years. Despite making up 12% of the world’s population, this population is often left without a voice or control of their own bodies. Gender-based violence and limited access to health care and education, coupled with systems and policies that do not address the needs of young people, are obstacles that block adolescent girls and young women from being able to protect themselves against HIV, particularly as they transition into adulthood.