Women and Girls: Supporting Adolescent Girls and Young Women in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Natalie Gonnella-Platts
Director, Women's Advancement
George W. Bush Institute

There is an African proverb that states, where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth. Today and tomorrow, the status of adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa matters to us all.

Adolescence and young adulthood are a seminal time for individuals – especially females. Now more than ever, the United States and the international community must do a better job of directly engaging and supporting adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). This is especially important for sub-Saharan Africa, home to the highest saturation of young people in the world.