International Rescue Committee

Adolescence is a hugely challenging and critical time for a girl as she transitions into adulthood. And in humanitarian contexts, this transition is made even harder, with many girls falling victim to violence, exploitation and abuse.

Although there’s much information on physical and sexual violence against girls in humanitarian crises, there’s little evidence of the effectiveness of strategies to protect them against it. But The International Rescue Committee (IRC) are looking to change this, and they’re spearheading a range of research programmes to improve wellbeing for young girls in challenging contexts.

One of these projects is the Creating Opportunities through Mentoring, Parental Involvement, and Safe Spaces programme (COMPASS), which explores strategies such as life skills training, mentoring activities and engagement with caregivers. They’ve initiated three randomised control trials in Ethiopia, Pakistan and the DRC to test the effectiveness of these new strategies across a three-year period.

They recently organised a company management meeting to discuss the progress of the project so far and invited our scribe Sidsel to visualise the course of the meeting. Sidsel worked hard to cover four days of wide-ranging content, and the final product is a detailed and intricate visual story, tackling data, action points and reflections on each of the trials.

Scribing proved a useful way to help the team understand and assess the effectiveness of the COMPASS strategies. We were delighted to be part of such an important campaign and wish them luck with the rest of the COMPASS project.